Top-ranked lightweight contender Rafael dos Anjos led the reported payroll for UFC Fight Night 49, taking home $76,000 for his stunning main event knockout win over Benson Henderson, according to information released to MMAFighting.com by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.
Henderson, a former UFC lightweight champion who previous to the setback had never suffered a defeat via KO/TKO, earned $48,000 for his losing efforts.
In addition to dos Anjos and Henderson, four fighters from the card earned reported salaries above $30,000. UFC veteran Mike Pyle pocketed $51,000 for his first-round loss to Jordan Mein, while Mein, Thales Leites, and Max Holloway all took home $40,000 for their respective victories on the night's main card, which aired live on FOX Sports 1.
UFC Fight Night 49 took place August 23, 2014 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK.
As always, the entire UFC Fight Night 49 payroll can be seen below, although these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as sponsorship money and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Additionally, dos Anjos, Mein, Leites, and Ben Saunders each earned $50,000 post-fight bonuses for their work.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
Rafael dos Anjos ($38,000 + $38,000 = $76,000) def. Benson Henderson ($48,000)
Jordan Mein ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Mike Pyle ($51,000)
Thales Leites ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Francis Carmont ($30,000)
Max Holloway ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Clay Collard ($8,000)
James Vick ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Walmir Lazaro ($8,000)
Chas Skelly ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Tom Niinimaki ($10,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Neil Magny ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Alex Garcia ($12,000)
Beneil Dariush ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Tony Martin ($8,000)
Matt Hobar ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Aaron Philips ($8,000)
Ben Saunders ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Chris Heatherly ($8,000)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Wilson Reis ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Joby Sanchez ($8,000)