If nothing else, Frank Mir's revival tour certainty hasn't hurt his bank account. The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion handily led the disclosed payroll at UFC Fight Night 71, pocketing an event-high $200,000 purse for his knockout victory over Todd Duffee, according to figures released Monday by the California State Athletic Commission.
Despite being better known as a grappler, Mir, 36, engaged in wild back-and-forth slugfest with Duffee in the night's main event, which took place July 15 at the Valley View Casino Center. The bout ended in dramatic fashion just 73 seconds into its opening round, as Mir laid Duffee out cold with a looping left hand for his second straight knockout win. Duffee earned $12,000 in the losing effort.
Mir was the only fighter on the card to clear the six-figure mark with his purse. Aside from him, former Strikeforce title contender Josh Thomson came the closest, earning $85,000 for his game performance against the victorious Tony Ferguson in the night's co-main event.
UFC Fight Night 71 took place in San Diego, CA. The event's main card aired lived on FOX Sports 1.
A complete list of the UFC Fight Night 71 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as sponsorship money, pay-per-view income, and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main card (FOX Sports 1)
Frank Mir ($200,000 + no win bonus = $200,000) def. Todd Duffee ($12,000)
Tony Ferguson ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Josh Thomson ($85,000)
Holly Holm ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Marion Reneau ($12,000)
Manny Gamburyan ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Scott Jorgensen ($33,000)
Kevin Lee ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. James Moontastri ($10,000)
Alan Jouban ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Matt Dwyer ($10,000)
Preliminary card (FOX Sports 1)
Sam Sicilia ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Yaotzin Meza ($16,000)
Jessica Andrade ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Sarah Moras ($10,000)
Rani Yahya ($27,000 + $27,000 = $54,000) def. Masanori Kanehara ($14,000)
Sean Strickland ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Igor Araujo ($15,000)
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