Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 10/11/13
Anthony Pettis (pictured) went shopping for a fancy diamond-studded Rolex yesterday at Harry the Jeweler. Perhaps the freshly-minted UFC lightweight champion might want to save his pennies, just in case. According to the Wisconsin Department Of Safety & Professional Services, the athletic commission that oversaw him dethrone Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Pettis only pocketed a disclosed $54,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus, for beating Bendo. Henderson, meanwhile, took home $110,000 for his troubles. In all, seven fighters on the card scored a larger disclosed payday than Pettis. However, “Showtime” did walk away with an extra $50,000, which is not noted below, for taking “Submission of the Night.” Longtime UFC veteran Frank Mir, who was quickly TKO’d by Josh Barnett in the co-main event, was the night’s highest earner. Mir took home $200,000. Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes. Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income. Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin hosted the August 31 event. Here are the official salaries for UFC 164 (courtesy of MMAJunkie.com): Anthony Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Benson Henderson: $110,000 Josh Barnett: $160,000 (no win bonus) def. Frank Mir: $200,000 Chad Mendes: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clay Guida: $44,000 Ben Rothwell: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $70,000 Dustin Poirier: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch: $15,000 Gleison Tibau: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus) def. Jamie Varner: $17,000 Tim Elliott: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Louis Gaudinot: $8,000 Hyun Gyu Lim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Pascal Krauss: $15,000 Chico Camus: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Kyung Ho Kang: $8,000 Soa Palelei: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Nikita Krylov: $8,000 Al Iaquinta: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Couture: $15,000 Magnus Cedenblad: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Jared Hamman: $14,000
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