UFC 98 “Evans vs. Machida” Fighter Payouts and Bonuses

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payout for UFC 98 “Evans vs. Machida”. Rashad Evans lost his UFC light heavyweight title, but picked up 200k for his performance on Saturday night. On the other side of the spectrum, Brandon Wolff pulled in a measly 3k for his loss to Yoshiyuki Yoshida on the undercard. The UFC 98 attendance was solid, drawing in 13,000 attendees to gross a $3.4 million dollars in gate revenue.

Total Disclosed Payouts: $957,000

Lyoto Machida – $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Rashad Evans – $200,000
Machida defeated Evans via technical knockout (strikes) in round two

Matt Hughes – $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Matt Serra – $75,000
Hughes defeated Serra via unanimous decision

Drew McFedries – $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Xavier Foupas-Pokam – $6,000
McFedries defeated Foupas-Pokam via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

Chael Sonnen – $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Dan Miller – $15,000
Sonnen defeated Miller via unanimous decision

Frank Edgar – $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Sean Sherk – $40,000
Edgar defeated Sherk via unanimous decision

Brock Larson – $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Mike Pyle – $15,000
Larson defeated Pyle via submission (arm triangle choke) in round one

Tim Hague – $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Pat Barry – $7,000
Hague defeated Barry via submission (guillotine choke) in round one

Kyle Bradley – $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Phillipe Nover – $10,000
Bradley defeated Nover via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

Krzysztof Soszynski – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Andre Gusmao – $5,000
Soszynski defeated Gusmao via technical knockout (strikes) in round one

Yoshiyuki Yoshida – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Brandon Wolff – $3,000
Yoshida defeated Wolff via submission (guillotine choke) in round one

George Roop – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Dave Kaplan – $8,000
Roop defeated Kaplan via split decision

Fight of the Night: $60,000/each – Matt Serra and Matt Hughes
KO of the Night: $60,000 – Lyoto Machida
Submission of the Night: $60,000 – Brock Larson

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  1. Tim

    May 26, 2009 at 7:55 am

    That's pathetic. The UFC consistently pulls in a large crowds at the gate and on PPV, yet the fighters can't get more than $200,000? Dana White is using these fighters that risk their bodies and health, and he doesn't even have the decency to pay them what they deserve. It's pathetic. The UFC needs a union.

  2. derek

    May 26, 2009 at 8:13 am


  3. Nichole Lesniak

    May 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

    The fighters know what they're getting into. If they don't want to fight, they can say no.

  4. kom34

    May 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

    i'm not feeling sorry for some fighter that makes 200 g's…not at all. it's the guys that are making only 8 g's that are getting screwed.

  5. Ryan S

    May 26, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Especially with the sponsorships. Nothing to really feel bad about. The guys making 8g get nothing because they probably don't get much in sponsorship.

  6. derek

    May 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

    200K is a lot. sean sherk fights like 4x a year. that's 800K. and that doesn't include the massive amount of promos and sponsorhips he gets to do.

  7. Nichole Lesniak

    May 26, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Agreed. You want to complain about someone not getting paid enough for putting their life in danger, talk about cops, not fighters.

  8. tom

    May 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort at Affliction III on Aug. 1

    Go Vitor

  9. crynot

    May 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    How did Hughes/Serra get fight of the night? Come on! The Sherk/Edgar fight was much more exciting.

  10. patrick bateman

    May 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    i cant believe the corruption that was probably one of the worst fights on the card but given fight of the night ya right this is not the first time this has happened something is going on behind the scenes

  11. dane drebin

    May 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    i dunno i was way more into and on the edge of my seat during the hughes serra fight. the sherk edgar fight was a one sided beating.

  12. Matt

    May 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    UFC makes a ton of money and should be able to pay the fighters way more than they are, but if they don't like how much they're getting paid, they should do something else with their life.

  13. derek

    May 26, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    fight of the night cause dana is good friends with both hughes and serra. an extra $60K helps.

  14. Al 2.0

    May 27, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I thought Hughes/Serra was fight of the night. You either love or hate both these guys which made it fun and that bad blood had been brewing for a long time. We all had been waiting for this fight to happen after the traditional TUF coach fight didn't go down. If you weren't on the edge of your seat and standing up yelling the whole fight, there's something wrong with you.

  15. tom

    May 27, 2009 at 12:53 am

    i think the UFC should pay more…Boxers make Millions and the Promaters make nothing…UFC makes millions at every Event, and They pay there fighters shitty unless you have a Belt or your chuck liddel

  16. tom

    May 27, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Brandon Wolff — $3,000 that aint shit man come on

  17. steve

    May 27, 2009 at 6:36 am

    The star power of Hughes vs Serra is what got them the Fight of the night honors. No way that is even looked at as a great fight if it doesnt involve the bad blood. I thought the fight was rather boring besides Serra again hitting a guy in the back of the head and almost finishing the fight. I dont get it they stopped the Mir Lesnar fight b/c of back of the head punches. That was a joke by the way but they dont stop it when serra hits Hughes clearly in the back of the head and rocks the fuck out of him. That is how he beat GSP. By rocking him with back of the head punch. Refs need to get consistent with their calls. Its illegal or its not. It shouldnt be allowed half the time and not allowed the other half. And yes the payouts are rather weak for some fighters. But I can see how some guys only make 3k. The ufc can get away with paying for it so they do. They will continue to do so if there are guys willing to get in there and fight for that amount. And everyone knows that the undercard fighters arent bringing in the fans so why should they get that much. Prove you belong there and you will get more in your next fight.

  18. dane drebin

    May 27, 2009 at 8:04 am

    he hit hughes when hughes was standing they never call that. brock won by hitting randy behind the ear when he was standing and thats how serra dropped gsp in their first fight. penn also hits people in the backof the head when he has them in the clinch a lot.

  19. Nichole Lesniak

    May 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Tom – Brandon who? He should be happy to be fighting in the UFC.

    Bottom line is these guys are paid what they are willing to take.

  20. steve

    May 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Exaclty right about that Nichole. Thats what I was said.

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