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UFC on FOX 22 salaries: Sage Northcutt earns $60,000 in defeat

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former WEC champion Urijah Faber and welterweight prospect Sage Northcutt led the disclosed payroll for UFC on FOX 22, as Faber earned $320,000 and Northcutt earned $60,000 for their respective performances on Saturday night, according to figures released this weekend by the California State Athletic Commission.

Faber defeated Brad Pickett via unanimous decision to win the final fight of his storied mixed martial arts career, while Northcutt lost via second-round rear-naked choke at the hands of fellow UFC prospect Mickey Gall in the night's co-main event.

UFC on FOX 22 took place Dec. 17 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Former Invicta FC champion Michelle Waterson ($30,000) submitted Paige VanZant ($43,000) in the night's headlining bout, which aired live on FOX

Aside from Faber, no other fighter on the card hit the six-figure mark in earnings. Similarly, other than Faber and Northcutt, only four additional fighters earned at least $50,000 for their services: Eddie Wineland ($58,000), Alan Jouban ($54,000), Colby Covington ($54,000), and Leslie Smith ($50,000). All four of those fighters picked up victories at UFC on FOX 22.

In addition to their commission-reported salaries, victorious strawweight headliner Michelle Waterson, UFC newcomer Paul Craig, and veteran bantamweights Leslie Smith and Irene Aldana also took home $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.

A complete list of UFC on FOX 22 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, contractual bonuses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (FOX)
Michelle Waterson ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Paige VanZant ($43,000)
Mickey Gall ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Sage Northcutt ($60,000)
Urijah Faber ($160,000 + $160,000 = $320,000) def. Brad Pickett ($40,000)
Alan Jouban ($27,000 + $27,000 = $54,000) def. Mike Perry ($14,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Paul Craig ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Luis Henrique da Silva ($14,000)
Mizuto Hirota ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Cole Miller ($33,000)
Colby Covington ($27,000 + $27,000 = $54,000) def. Bryan Barberena ($20,000)
Alex Morono ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. James Moontasri ($16,000)
Josh Emmett ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Scott Holtzman ($17,000)
Leslie Smith ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Irene Aldana ($12,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Eddie Wineland ($29,000 + $29,000 = $58,000) def. Takeya Mizugaki ($39,000)
Hector Sandoval ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Fredy Serrano ($12,000)
Sultan Aliev: ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Bojan Velickovic ($12,000)