UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs Melendez, held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
These are the fighter purses as reported to the CSAC by the UFC. See note at bottom of article for more details on the fighter paychecks.
UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson and longtime UFC veteran Frank Mir were the top earners of the night with their $200,000 payouts.
Winning fighters in RED.
Ben Henderson made $200,000 ($100K show + $100K win bonus) for 25-minute split decision victory.
-Gilbert Melendez made $175,000 for 25-minute split decision loss.
Daniel Cormier made $126,000 ($63K show + $63K win bonus) for 15-minute unanimous decision win.
-Frank Mir made $200,000 for 15-minute unanimous decision loss.
Josh Thomson made $145,000 ($85K show + $10K win bonus + $50K KO bonus) for 8:44 TKO win.
-Nate Diaz made $15,000 for 8:44 TKO loss.
Matt Brown made $110,000 ($30K show + $30K win bonus + $50K FOTN bonus) for 6-minute TKO win.
-Jordan Mein made $66,000 ($10K show + $50K FOTN bonus) for 6-minute TKO loss.
Chad Mendes made $56,000 ($28K show + $28K win bonus) for 68-second knockout win.
-Darren Elkins made $24,000 for 68-second knockout loss.
Francis Carmont made $38,000 ($19K show + $19K win bonus) for 15-minute unanimous decision win.
-Lorenz Larkin made $23,000 for 15-minute unanimous decision loss.
Myles Jury made $16,000 ($8K show + $8K win bonus) for 6:02 knockout win.
-Ramsey Nijem made $14,000 for 6:02 knockout loss.
Joseph Benavidez made $66,000 ($33K show + $33K win bonus) for 9:50 knockout win.
-Darren Uyenoyama made $12,000 for 9:50 knockout loss.
Jorge Masvidal made $60,000 ($30K show + $30K win bonus) for 15-minute unanimous decision win.
-Tim Means made $10,000 for 15-minute unanimous decision loss.
TJ Dillashaw made $28,000 ($14K show + $14K win bonus) for 4:22 TKO win.
-Hugo Viana made $8,000 for 4:22 TKO loss.
Anthony Njokuani made $36,000 ($18K show + $18K win bonus) for 7:52 knockout win.
-Roger Bowling made $12,000 for 7:52 knockout loss.
Yoel Romero made $70,000 ($10K show + $10K win bonus + $50K KO bonus) for 92-second knockout win.
-Clifford Starks made $8,000 for 92-second knockout loss.
TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS
1. Benson Henderson ($200K)1. Frank Mir ($200K)
3. Gilbert Melendez ($175K)4. Josh Thomson ($145K)
5. Daniel Cormier ($126K)6. Matt Brown ($110K)
7. Yoel Romero ($70K)8. Jordan Mein ($66K)
8. Joseph Benavidez ($66K)10. Jorge Masvidal ($60K)
TOP 10 BASE SALARIES
1. Frank Mir ($200K)2. Gilbert Melendez ($175K)
3. Benson Henderson ($100K)4. Josh Thomson ($85K)
5. Daniel Cormier ($63K)6. Joseph Benavidez ($33K)
7. Matt Brown ($30K)7. Jorge Masvidal ($30K)
9. Chad Mendes ($28K)10. Darren Elkins ($24K)
BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS
1. Clifford Starks ($8K)1. Hugo Viana ($8K)
3. Tim Means ($10K)4. Roger Bowling ($12K)
4. Darren Uyenoyama ($12K)
COST BY FIGHT
$375,000 - Ben "Smooth" Henderson vs. Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez
$326,000 - Daniel "DC" Cormier vs. Frank Mir
$110,000 - Josh "The Punk" Thomson vs. Nate Diaz
$80,000 - Chad "Money" Mendes vs. Darren "The Damage" Elkins
$78,000 - Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren "BC" Uyenoyama
$76,000 - Matt "The Immortal" Brown vs. Jordan "Young Gun" Mein
$70,000 - Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal vs. Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means
$61,000 - Francis "Limitless" Carmont vs. Lorenz "The Monsoon" Larkin
$48,000 - Anthony "The Assassin" Njokuani vs. "Relentless" Roger Bowling
$36,000 - T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo "Wolverine" Viana
$30,000 - Myles "The Fury" Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem
$28,000 - Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero vs. Clifford "Big Cat" Starks
OFFICIAL UFC ON FOX 7 BONUSES
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Matt Brown vs Jordan Mein ($50,000 each)
KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Josh Thomson ($50,000)
KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Yoel Romero ($50,000)
TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $1,318,000 salaries + $200,000 bonuses
UFC drew 13,506 in attendance for a $1,333,000 million live gate.
According to these numbers, the average ticket price was around $99.
NOTE: These salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses which are commonly paid to fighters by Zuffa in private. Fighters pay out of pocket for training, licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for the work they've already completed in the gym, as well as their performances on fight night.