UFC 156 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Aldo vs. Edgar" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (Feb. 2, 2013) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas were released to MMAmania.com earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
And the night's top earners may surprise you.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans raked in $300,000 for his unanimous decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, narrowly edging out Blackzilian buddy Alistair Overeem, who also bagged big bucks despite being toe-tagged by Antonio Silva (watch it here).
How big? Try $285,714.29.
Not far behind "The Reem" was Jose Aldo with a cool $240,000 for keeping his featherweight title in Brazil, thanks to a unanimous decision win over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (see it happen here), who has 120,000 reasons to feel better about his third straight loss.
That's not all.
Here are the complete UFC 156 payouts and salaries:
Jose Aldo: $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 to win)
Frankie Edgar: $120,000
Aldo def. Edgar via unanimous decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $174,000 ($107,000 to show, $67,000 to win)
Rashad Evans: $300,000
Nogueira def. Evans via unanimous decision
Antonio Silva: $70,000 (no win bonus)
Alistair Overeem: $285,714.29
Silva def. Overeem via knockout
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 156: "Aldo vs. Edgar" was $1,755,714.29.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as PPV bonuses, among others. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the UFC often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night." To check out these figures for UFC 156 click here.
For complete UFC 156 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.