earned more than any of the four co-headliners when it came to show and win money at this past Sunday's UFC on Versus 1
in Broomfield, Colo.
Kongo pocketed a $55,000 win bonus on top of his $55,000 fight purse for a total of $110,000. Kongo won the televised fight by forcing Paul Buentello
to submit due to elbows to the thigh. Buentello earned $40,000 in the losing effort.
The complete salaries are below.
In the main events, Jon Jones
, who made $40,000, stopped Brandon Vera
, $60,000, with a devastating elbow to the face, while Junior Dos Santos, $70,000, knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga
, $67,000, with a left hook followed by ground and pound punches. Gonzaga would have been the highest paid if he had picked up the win.
Jon Jones ($20,000+$20,000=$40,000) def. Brandon Vera ($60,000)
Junior Dos Santos ($35,000+$35,000=$70,000) def. Gabriel Gonzaga ($67,000)
Cheick Kongo ($55,000+$55,000=$110,000) def. Paul Buentello ($40,000)
Alessio Sakara ($21,000+$21,000=$42,000) def. James Irvin ($20,000)
Clay Guida ($25,000+$25,000=$50,000) def. Shannon Gugerty ($9,000)
Vladimir Matyushenko ($28,000+$28,000=$56,000) def. Eliott Marshall ($10,000)
Darren Elkins ($6,000+$6,000=$12,000) def. Duane Ludwig ($12,000)
John Howard ($13,000+$13,000=$26,000) def. Daniel Roberts ($6,000)
Brendan Schaub ($10,000+$10,000=$20,000) def. Chase Gormley ($10,000)
Mike Pierce ($8,000+$8,000=$16,000) def. John Paulino ($6,000)
Jason Brilz ($9,000+$9,000=$18,000) def. Eric Schafer ($13,000)
In addition to the above fight purses, the UFC awarded Jones (KO of the Night), Dos Santos (KO of the Night), Howard (KO of the Night) and Guida (Submission of the Night) each with a $50,000 bonus at the post-fight press conference.
The official attendance was 6,130 at the 1st Bank Center for gross ticket sales of $568,125.