It's not a good couple of days if you hate Michael Bisping. First he drubbed Jason Miller at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale and now the fight payout info has been released and Bisping made $425,000 to do it. $275,000 of that was his standard fight pay while $150,000 was his win bonus. On the other side of the main event coin, "Mayhem" Miller banked $45,000 in an effort that had Dana White calling the fight one of the most lopsided he'd ever seen and suggesting that Miller may not return to the UFC.
All the fights involving fighters from this season's Ultimate Fighter paid out $8,000 to each fighter with the winner receiving an additional $8,000.
The only other non-TUF fight on the card saw Tony Ferguson make $30,000 ($15k/15k) in a somewhat debated decision over Yves Edwards. Edwards took home $16,000 for a very solid effort.
But back to the Bisping pay. Let's be real here. The guy made more for this fight, on a TUF Finale, in disclosed pay than Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua combined for their UFC 139 main event. He took home $105,000 more than Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez combined for their heavyweight title main event of the first ever UFC on Fox show (again, in disclosed pay).
The truth is, Bisping has been vital in their attempted UK expansions and has seemingly been completely willing to work with the UFC at every turn. He does PR with a good amount of frequency and is a legitimate star in the UK, one of the few capable of basically selling out an arena anywhere on his own name alone.
That, and a little bit of good management, will get you some serious money without even having to run through the top end of your division.