Longtime UFC veteran Nate Marquardt handily led the disclosed payroll of UFC Fight Night 96, pocketing a salary of $112,000 for his knockout victory over Tamdan McCrory, according to figures released this week by the Oregon State Athletic Commission.
Marquardt picked up his thirteenth UFC victory with a dazzling combination that floored McCrory late in the second round. The fight headlined the preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass. McCrory earned $15,000 in defeat.
UFC 203 took place Oct. 1, 2016 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The night's main card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
Marquardt was the only fighter on the card to hit the six-figure mark in earnings. Bantamweight headliner John Lineker was the next-highest earner, cashing a $72,000 paycheck for his split decision victory over John Dodson ($38,000) while also forfeiting 20 percent of his show purse ($8,000) to Dodson for missing weight.
A complete list of the UFC Fight Night 96 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
John Lineker ($32,000* + $40,000 = $72,000) def. John Dodson ($38,000*)
Alex Oliveira ($19,200** + $24,000 = $43,200) def. Will Brooks ($57,800**)
Zak Ottow ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Josh Burkman ($54,000)
Brandon Moreno ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Louis Smolka ($32,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Luis Henrique da Silva ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Joachim Christensen ($10,000)
Andre Fili $39,200 ($21,200*** + $18,000 = $39,200) def. Hacran Dias ($12,800***)
Shamil Abdurakhimov ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Walt Harris ($12,000)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Keita Nakamura ($19,000)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Nate Marquardt ($56,000 + $56,000 = $112,000) def. Tamdan McCrory ($15,000)
Ion Cutelaba ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Jonathan Wilson ($12,000)
Curtis Blaydes ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Cody East ($10,000)
Ketlen Vieira ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Kelly Faszholz ($10,000)
* Lineker forfeited 20 percent of show money ($8,000) to Dodson for missing weight
** Oliveira forfeited 20 percent of show money ($4,800) to Brooks for missing weight
*** Dias forfeited 20 percent of show money ($3,200) to Fili for missing weight