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UFC Fight Night 20 Fighter Salaries: Chris Leben’s $60K Tops Payroll

Chris LebenChris Leben topped the  $357,000 payroll for Monday’s UFC Fight Night 20, according to figures released Wednesday by the Virginia State Athletic Commission, taking home an event-high $60,000 for his decision victory over Jay Silva on the event’s preliminary.

Other top-earners for the Spike-televised event included headliners Gray Maynard ($40,000) and Nate Diaz ($48,000) along with Amir Sadollah ($30,000) and Aaron Simpson ($22,000).

UFC Fight Night 20 drew a sellout crowd of 8,500 to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, generating a $730,000 live gate.

The official fighter salaries for UFC Fight Night 20 were:

  • Gray Maynard ($40,000 – includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz ($24,000)
  • Evan Dunham ($18,000 – $9,000 win bonus) def. Efrain Escudero ($15,000)
  • Aaron Simpson ($22,000 – $11,000 win bonus) def. Tom Lawlor ($10,000)
  • Amir Sadollah ($30,000 – $15,000 win bonus) def. Brad Blackburn ($13,000)
  • Chris Leben ($60,000 – $30,000 win bonus) def. Jay Silva ($6,000)
  • Rick Story ($10,000 – $5,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Lennox ($7,000)
  • Thiago Tavares ($15,000) vs. Nik Lentz ($7,000)*
  • Rory MacDonald ($12,000 – $6,000 win bonus) def. Mike Guymon ($6,000)
  • Rafael dos Anjos ($16,000 – $8,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Bradley ($8,000)
  • Gerald Harris ($12,000 – $6,000 win bonus) def. John Salter ($6,000)
  • Nick Catone ($14,000 – $7,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Forbes ($6,000)

*No win bonuses awarded as bout was scored a draw

In addition to the salaries listed above, which are simply those disclosed by the promotion to the athletic commission and not representative of a fighter’s total earnings, Simpson, Lawlor, Dunham, and Harris  each took home $30,000 “fight night” bonuses for their performances at UFC Fight Night 20.

SEE ALSO: UFN 20 Results, UFN 20 Recap, UFN 20 Coverage

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