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PFL 8 salaries: Lance Palmer, Natan Schulte among highest-paid fighters on card

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The lightweight and featherweight finalists in PFL season 2 were determined on Thursday night in Las Vegas with Natan Schulte, Loik Radzhabov, Lance Palmer and Daniel Pineda punching their tickets to the $1 million finale in December.

On Friday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the salaries for the event to MMA Fighting following a 12-fight card where several fighters competed twice in one night.

Schulte, who won the $1 million grand prize in PFL season 1, returned to the finals with another dominant showcase while being one of the highest paid fighters on the latest card as well.

The reigning lightweight tournament champion earned $99,900 in total for his two wins that helped him move into the finals. Radzhabov, who faces Schulte on New Year’s Eve, also took home the same base salary but he had to hand over $36,000 in foreign withholding, which is presumably used to pay taxes to the United States.

In the featherweight division, Palmer also returned to the finals for the second straight year while taking home $99,950 after two fights and two wins on Thursday night. Pineda, who finished both of his opponents en route to the finals, took home $99,800 after stepping into the tournament as a late replacement.

All of the fighters competing at PFL 8 made a base salary of $25,000 per round along with a $25,000 win bonus except for Palmer, Schulte and Rashid Magomedov, who earned $50,000 for the quarterfinals but then did not receive a win bonus for the semifinals if they made it that far.

Here are the full salaries for PFL 8 per the Nevada State Athletic Commission:

Chris Wade: $74,800 — $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in the quarterfinals. $25,000 to show in the semifinals minus $200 in licensing fees

Nathan Andrews: $24.550 — $25,000 to show minus $150 in licensing fees and $300 in miscellaneous fees

Islam Mamedov: $24,850 — $25,000 to show minus $150 in licensing fees

Loik Radzhabov: $63,800 — $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in semifinals minus $200 in licensing fees and $36,000 in foreign withholding.

Akhmed Aliev: $74,850 — $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show in semifinals minus $150 in licensing fees.

Rashid Magomedov: $49,800 — $50,000 to show minus $200 in licensing fees

Nathan Schulte: $99,900 — $50,000 to show, $25,000 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show in semifinals, no win bonus minus $100 in licensing fees.

Ramsey Nijem: $24,850 — $25,000 to show minus $150 in licensing fees

Luis Laurentino: $17,110 — $25,000 to show minus $50 in licensing fees, $340 in miscellaneous fees and $7,500 in foreign withholding.

Jeremy Kennedy: $74,900 — $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show in semifinals minus $100 in licensing fees.

Movlid Khaibulaev: $24,950 — $25,000 to show minus $50 in licensing fees

Daniel Pineda: $99,800 — $25,000 to show, $25,00 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in semifinals minus $200 in licensing fees.

Alex Gilpin: $74,950 — $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show in semifinals minus $50 in licensing fees

Andre Harrison: $24,850 — $25,000 to show minus $150 in licensing fees

Lance Palmer: $99,950 — $50,000 to show, $25,000 to win in quarterfinals. $25,000 to show in semifinals, no win bonus, minus $50 in licensing fees.

Alexandre de Almeida: $24,055 — $25,000 to show minus $200 in licensing fees and $745 in miscellaneous fees.