UFC on Fox 7 is officially in the books, and now it's on the books as well, with a reported payroll of $1,318,000. Most salaries looked as expected, Henderson made a cool $200,000, almost triple what he made for UFC on Fox 5. Frank Mir made $200,000 as well which is unsurprising considering his "former champion" status and long history with the promotion. Everyone else was right in line with UFC standards, with three notable exceptions.
The hits can't stop coming for Nate Diaz. In a weekend that has to rank among the worst of his professional life, he made only a measly $15,000 in his KO loss to Josh Thomson. For those keeping track that's $35,000 less than he made for losing to Benson Henderson in December, that's a massive drop. Gilbert Melendez made $175,000, baseline, for his loss against Henderson, which puts him a close third for the card.
Also surprising, Josh Thomson made $95,000 including a $10,000 win bonus, which means they probably imported his contract part and parcel from Strikeforce. He and Melendez are lucky they had the performances they did with those kinds of contracts. Thomson especially had to be on the short list of guys to cut with a loss.
Here's the complete rundown for all Saturday's fighters:
Daniel Cormier - $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
Frank Mir - $200,000
Josh Thomson - $95,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Nate Diaz - $15,000
(Romero, Thomson, Brown, and Mein all took home an additional $50,000 in bonus money.)
Please note that these totals do not include post-fight bonuses, discretionary "locker room" bonuses handed out by the UFC, sponsorship money, or itemized deductions. Basically you're looking at base salary + win bonus when applicable.