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UFC Fight Night 103 payouts, salaries: BJ Penn’s $150,000 leads payday way

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UFC Fight Night 103 fighter payouts for the athletes who competed at the "Rodriguez vs. Penn"-led FOX Sports 1 event this past weekend (Sun., Jan. 15, 2017) inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., were released recently by Arizona Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Commission.

The highest bread winner of the night was B.J. Penn, who earned $150,000 for his much-anticipated return to action after 2.5 years a way from the sport to face Yair Rodriguez in the headlining bout. But, it was Rodriguez who proved the victor, taking out "The Prodigy" in the second round via technical knockout after brutalizing the Hawaiian legend for the entire first round thanks to an impeccable performance (see it). For his efforts, "El Pantera" banked a cool $100,000, which included a $50,000 win bonus.

Joe Lauzon was the second highest earner, banking $116,000 ($58,000 win bonus) after narrowly edging out Marcin Held in what proved to be a controversial decision (scorecards here) with which he didn't agree.

That's not all.

Here is the complete list of UFC Fight Night 103 payouts and salaries (via MMA Junkie):

Yair Rodriguez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Joe Lauzon: $116,000 (includes $58,000 win bonus) def. Marcin Held: $20,000
Ben Saunders: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Court McGee: $35,000
Sergio Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. John Moraga: $28,000
Drakkar Klose: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Devin Powell: $10,000
Augusto Mendes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Aleksei Oleinik: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Viktor Pesta: $10,000
Tony Martin: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Alex White: $14,000
Nina Ansaroff: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Walt Harris: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Chase Sherman: $10,000
Joachim Christensen: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Bojan Mihajlovic: $10,000
Cyril Asker: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Dmitrii Smoliakov: $10,000

The total disclosed payroll for UFC Fight Night 103 was $841,000.

Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, Reebok sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc. For example, the promotion often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonuses. To check out these figures for "Rodriguez vs. Penn" click here.

For complete UFC Fight Night 103 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.

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