Maia leads 'TUF 12' Finale Payouts with $80K

By: Mike Whitman
Dec 7, 2010
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia was the big winner at Saturday's “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” Finale, which took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Maia earned an event-high $80,000 for his unanimous decision victory over Kendall Grove ($28,000). The figures were communicated to by the Nevada State Athletic Commission via email.

Jonathan Brookins garnered $16,000 for his unanimous nod over fellow season finalist Michael Johnson ($8,000). Meanwhile, Season one winner Stephan Bonnar netted $62,000 after outpointing Croat Igor Pokrajac ($10,000).

Featherweight competitor Nam Phan ($38,000) was awarded a $30,000 consolation prize in the form of a “Fight of the Night” bonus for his widely disputed split decision loss to former WEC talent Leonard Garcia ($62,000), who also walked away with the $30,000 bonus.

“Submission of the Night” was given to Cody McKenzie ($46,000) for applying his patented guillotine choke and forcing “TUF 12” housemate Aaron Wilkinson ($8,000) to submit. Taking home “Knockout of the Night” was Pablo Garza ($38,000), who flattened Brazilian Fredson Paixao ($4,000) with a flying knee in less than a minute.

“Ultimate Fighter 12” Finale Payouts:

Jonathan Brookins -- $16,000 (Includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Michael Johnson -- $8,000

Stephan Bonnar -- $62,000 (Includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Igor Pokrajac -- $10,000

Demian Maia -- $80,000 (Includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Kendall Grove -- $28,000

Rick Story -- $26,000 (Includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks -- $22,000

Leonard Garcia -- $62,000 (Includes $16,000 win bonus and $30,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Nam Phan -- $38,000 (Includes $30,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)

Cody McKenzie -- $46,000 (Includes $30,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Aaron Wilkinson -- $8,000

Ian Loveland -- $10,000 (Includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tyler Toner -- $3,000

Kyle Watson -- $16,000 def. Sako Chivitchian – $8,000

Nick Pace – $6,000 (Includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Will Campuzano – $3,000

Pablo Garza – $38,000 (Includes $4,000 win bonus and $30,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus def. Fredson Paixao – $4,000

Dave Branch – $16,000 (Includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Rich Attonito – $8,000

These numbers, sent to by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, are documented pay only. UFC bonuses, handed out separately by the promotion, are also noted. These numbers do not include additional bonuses or percentages of other revenue.

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