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UFC on Versus 5 Fighter Salaries: Chris Lytle Made Bank In His Final Fight

MoneyThe Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has released the fighter payouts for UFC on Versus 5. Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional undisclosed bonuses or sponsorship money, which in many cases exceeds a fighter’s base pay. These numbers also do not account for taxes, insurance, and license fees.

The final fight of Chris Lytle’s career turned out to be his most lucrative. He led the pack with a whopping $200,000 payday with his various bonuses included. Former WEC lightweight Donald Cerrone was right behind him with a $109,000 paycheck with his submission bonus factored in. I bet he’s really glad to be in the UFC now. Dan Hardy was next in line with $90,000 after his FOTN bonus.  Ed Herman and Joseph Benavidez rounded out the top five with respective $52,000 and $43,000 purses.


Via MMA Junkie:

  • Chris Lytle: $70,000 ($35k + $35k win bonus)
    Dan Hardy: $25,000
  • Ben Henderson: $34,000 ($17k + $17k)
    Jim Miller: $35,000
  • Donald Cerrone: $44,000 ($22k + $22k)
    Charles Oliveira: $12,000
  • Duane “Bang” Ludwig: $32,000 ($16k + $16k)
    Amir Sadollah: $20,000
  • Jared Hamman: $24,000 ($12k + $12k)
    C.B. Dollaway: $20,000
  • Joseph Benavidez: $43,000 ($21.5k + $21.5k)
    Eddie Wineland: $10,000
  • Ed Herman: $52,000 ($26k + $26k)
    Kyle Noke: $8,000
  • Ronny Markes: $16,000 ($8k + $8k)
    Karlos Vemola: $10,000
  • Jim Hettes: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
    Alex Caceres: $8,000
  • Cole Miller: $34,000 ($17k + $17k)
    T.J. O’Brien: $6,000
  • Jacob Volkmann: $28,000 ($14k + $14k)
    Danny Castillo: $17,000
  • Edwin Figueroa: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
    Jason Reinhardt: $6,000


$65,000 bonus to each fighter.

  • Knockout of the Night – Donald Cerrone
  • Submission of the Night – Chris Lytle
  • Fight of the Night – Chris Lytle & Dan Hardy

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $838,000, including all bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.

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