UFC on FX 5 salaries: Jake Ellenberger is show's top earner

Esther Lin

Monday, the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports released fighter pay information from the UFC on FX 5 event, held on Oct. 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Welterweight Jake Ellenberger was the event's top earner. He pocketed $84,000 for his decision victory over Jay Hieron, doubling his $42,000 base pay with his win bonus.

Main eventer Antonio Silva was next on the list. The heavyweight earned a flat $70,000 fee for his first-round knockout of Travis Browne.

The list does not include paydays from the bout's two canceled fights: Dennis Hallman vs. Brad Tavares and Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards. MMAFighting previously reported that Hallman, who was released from his UFC contract the day before the event in order to attend to personal issues, received his win and show money; Tavares and Edwards both received their contracted show money. It is unclear at this point whether Stephens, who is currently incarcerated in Iowa, was compensated.

Publicly available payday figures include only contracted fight purses. They do not include other compensation such as UFC post-fight bonuses (Fight of the Night, etc.), discretionary bonuses, or fees paid for promotional work leading up to the event.

The complete rundown:

Antonio Silva: $70,000 (no win bonus)

def. Travis Browne: $20,000

Jake Ellenberger: $84,0000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)

def. Jay Hieron: $12,000

John Dodson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)

def. Jussier da Silva: $9,000

Justin Edwards: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)

def. Josh Neer: $16,000

Michael Johnson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)

def. Danny Castillo: $25,000

Mike Pierce: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)

def. Aaron Simpson: $25,000

Marcus LeVesseur: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)

def. Carlo Prater: $10,000

Jacob Volkmann: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)

def. Shane Roller: $25,000

Diego Nunes: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)

def. Bart Palaszewski: $12,000

Darren Uyenoyama: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)

def. Phil Harris: $8,000

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