Posted 06/06/2014 by McKinley Noble in UFC

UFC Fight Night 42: Who’s Getting Paid?

Another weekend, another UFC card—and thankfully, it’s just the one event.

Now that we’re coming off the exhaustive, seemingly-unnecessary doubleheader “International Fight Week” from UFC Germany and a TUF Finale, we’re getting a bit of normalcy with UFC Fight Night 42.

In fact, there’s two interesting stories worth looking at this Saturday, both at the top and very bottom of the card.

One such tale features infamous barista Patrick Cummins and his lone spot on Fight Pass. Now that his shot at Cormier is done, he’s got to prove he at least belongs on a UFC preliminary bout. Fight Night’s other compelling story is that of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, and how he’s going to look against a dangerous Dagestanian who likes to suplex people.

No, not THAT one.

No, not THAT one.

Still, it looks like Benson’s getting paid handsomely for the risk.

Other fighters won’t be so lucky, though, and now that we’ve made this a habit, here’s a breakdown of every fighter’s last Zuffa-issued paycheck, all based on their most recently-reported salaries.

Main Card (FS1)

Benson Henderson
$110,000** (UFC 164)
Diego Sanchez
$50,000/$50,000 (UFC 121)
Rafael dos Anjos
$21,000** (UFC on Fox 11)
• Yves Edwards
$21,000** (UFC on Fox 8)
• Ross Pearson
$20,000/$20,000 (UFC 141)
• Erik Perez
$18,000/$18,000 (UFC 167)
John Moraga
$17,000/$17,000 (UFC FN 35)
John Dodson
$15,000/$15,000 (UFC on FX 5)
• Jason High
$15,000/$15,000 (UFC 167)
Rustam Khabilov
$8,000/$8,000 (TUF 16 Finale)
Bryan Caraway
$8,000/$8,000 (TUF 14 Finale)
• Piotr Hallmann
(No Salary Reported)

Analysis: It’s pretty fair to say that even as a former UFC champion, Bendo wouldn’t be a six-figure fighter without all the contract details that got revealed by B/R MMA in the Eddie Alvarez/Bellator scandal.

However, the disclosed pay gap between “Smooth” and Khabilov must be one of the largest we’ve seen to date, and Bendo makes $100,000+ just to show up. That alone spells the risk Bendo is taking in this fight, and a pretty good portion of MMA media members are actually picking the Dagestanian to win. Either way, the most important thing is that it’s exciting.

(And not a split-decision.)

Across the main card, the most interesting salaryman here might be Diego Sanchez, who reportedly banked $100,000 at UFC 121. That was back in October 2010, and “The Dream/Nightmare” hasn’t had a disclosed paycheck since then. Considering that he’s remained a relevant, exciting nearly-Top 15 fighter, Diego might make more than Bendo per fight, assuming his 2-3 record since didn’t earn him a big paycut.

Fox Sports 1 Prelims

Scott Jorgensen
$26,000** (UFC on Fox 9)
• Bobby Voelker
$12,000** (UFC 168)
• Yaotzin Meza
$10,000/$10,000 (UFC on Fox 8)
• Sergio Pettis
$8,000/$8,000 (UFC 167)
• Lance Benoist
$8,000** (UFC on FX 3)
• Danny Martinez
(No Reported Salary)
• Jon Tuck
(No Reported Salary)
• Jake Lindsey
(No Reported Salary)

Analysis: It seems really odd that Scott Jorgensen is on a three-fight losing streak.

Granted, he’s been running through an awful list of dangerous opponents—Urijah Faber, Zack Makovsky, and Jussier Formiga—but losing to Danny Martinez probably means a pink slip. Again, you’ve got to think like an accountant. Is Jorgensen really that valuable as a $26,000 flyweight?

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

• Patrick Cummins
$8,000** (UFC 170)
• Roger Narvaez
(No Reported Salary)

Analysis: Patrick Cummins getting squirreled away on Fight Pass is pretty weak. Come on, Zuffa—he bailed you guys out at UFC 170. Is a Fox Sports 1 spot just too much to ask?


**=Loss and/or No Win Bonus

[Salaries via MMA Junkie]

McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. His work has appeared in NVisionBleacher Report, PC World, Macworld, GamePro, 1UP, MMA Mania and The L.A. Times. Follow him at @KenTheGreat1 on Twitter.

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