Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones topped the disclosed payroll for UFC 145, taking home $400,000 for the third straight defense of his belt according to figures released by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission.
Jones' opponent and rival, former titleholder Rashad Evans, took home $300,000 in a losing effort.
Earnings dropped off dramatically behind the two championship headliners, as Ben Rothwell ($104,000), Mac Danzig ($54,000) and Mark Bocek ($46,000) led the charge for the rest of the card.
UFC 145 took place on April 21, at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The complete UFC 145 payroll can be seen below, though it should be noted that these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as a sponsorship money and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Additionally, Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell, Eddie Yagin and Mark Hominick each earned $65,000 in bonus money for their respective performances.
Jon Jones ($400,000 + no win bonus) def. Rashad Evans ($300,000)
Rory MacDonald ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Che Mills ($8,000)
Ben Rothwell ($52,000 + $52,000 = $104,000) def. Brendan Schaub ($14,000)
Michael McDonald ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Miguel Torres ($32,000)
Eddie Yagin ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Mark Hominick ($17,000)
Mark Bocek ($23,000 + $23,000 = $46,000) def. John Alessio ($10,000)
FX Preliminary Card
Travis Browne ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Chad Griggs ($27,000)
Matt Brown ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Stephen Thompson ($8,000)
Anthony Njokuani ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. John Makdessi ($12,000)
Mac Danzig ($27,000 + $27,000 = $54,000) def. Efrain Escudero ($10,000)
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