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UFC 104 Fighter Salaries: Headliners Machida and Rua Top Payroll

Lyoto MachidaUFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who headlined Saturday’s UFC 104 event in Los Angeles, topped the pay-per-view event’s disclosed $922,000 fighter payroll, according to figures released Tuesday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Machida earned an event-high $200,000 for his controversial main event win over Rua, while “Shogun” received $155,000 for his efforts.

Other top earners included Joe Stevenson ($94,000), Cain Velasquez ($70,000), and Chael Sonnen ($54,000).

14,892 fans attended the card at the Staples Center, generating a $1,762,549 live gate.

The disclosed fighter salaries for UFC 104 were:

  • Lyoto Machida ($200,000 – no win bonus) def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua ($155,000)
  • Cain Velasquez ($70,000 – includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Ben Rothwell ($50,000)
  • Gleison Tibau ($38,000 – $19,000 win bonus) def. Josh Neer ($14,000)
  • Joe Stevenson ($94,000 – $47,000 win bonus) def. Spencer Fisher ($26,000)
  • Anthony Johnson ($27,000 – $15,000 win bonus) def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida ($15,000)*
  • Ryan Bader ($30,000 – $15,000 win bonus) def. Eric Schafer ($13,000)
  • Pat Barry ($14,000 – $7,000 win bonus) def. Antoni Hardonk ($16,000)
  • Chael Sonnen ($54,000 – $27,000 win bonus) def. Yushin Okami ($18,000)
  • Jorge Rivera ($36,000 – $18,000 win bonus) def. Rob Kimmons ($9,000)
  • Kyle Kingsbury ($16,000 – $8,000 win bonus) def. Razak Al-Hassan ($3,000)
  • Stefan Struve ($14,000 – $7,000 win bonus) def. Chase Gormley ($10,000)

Remember, the salaries listed above are simply those reported by the UFC to the athletic commission and do not represent a fighter’s actual earnings.

In addition to their salaries above, Barry earned an extra $120,000, while Hardonk and Stuve each received $60,000 in “fight night” bonuses.

For more UFC 104 coverage check out MMAFrenzy.com’s UFC 104 section.

* Figures reflect Johnson forfeiting $3,000 ( 20% of $15,000 show money) to Yoshida for failing to make weight.

Pictured: Lyoto Machida

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