UFC on Fox 22 Salaries: Urijah Faber Tops Payroll with $320,000 in Farewell Fight

By: Brian Knapp
Dec 19, 2016

Urijah Faber’s farewell fight was memorable in more ways than one.

The Team Alpha Male patriarch pocketed an event-high $320,000 for his unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett ($40,000) at UFC on Fox 22 “VanZant vs. Waterson” on Saturday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Faber made nearly five times as much as the show’s headliners did combined: Michelle Waterson brought home $30,000 after choking Paige VanZant ($43,000) unconscious in the main event.

“The California Kid” announced his plans to retire prior to the bout and largely dominated Pickett across three rounds. Faber flirted with a finish in Round 1, where he floored the Brit with a ringing left hook, and spent the final 10 minutes corralling him with takedowns, ground-and-pound and the occasional submission attempt. Judges awarded the former World Extreme Cagefighting champion 30-26 marks on all three scorecards.

Meanwhile, unbeaten prospect Mickey Gall banked $40,000 in the co-headliner, as he submitted Sage Northcutt with a second-round rear-naked choke. Northcutt ($60,000) bowed out 1:40 into Round 2, as the 20-year-old lost for the second time in three outings.

Other top earners included Eddie Wineland ($58,000), Alan Jouban ($54,000), Colby Covington ($54,000) and Leslie Smith ($50,000), all of whom were victorious.

The California State Athletic Commission on Monday released disclosed salaries for the event. A full rundown follows:

UFC on Fox 22 Salaries:
Michelle Waterson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Paige VanZant: $43,000

Mickey Gall: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Sage Northcutt: $60,000

Urijah Faber: $320,000 (includes $160,000 win bonus)
Brad Pickett: $40,000

Alan Jouban: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Mike Perry: $14,000

Paul Craig: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Luis Henrique da Silva: $14,000

Mizuto Hirota: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Cole Miller: $33,000

Colby Covington: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Bryan Barberena: $20,000

Alex Morono: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
James Moontasri: $16,000

Josh Emmett: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Scott Holtzman: $17,000

Leslie Smith: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Irene Aldana: $12,000

Eddie Wineland: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
Takeya Mizugaki: $39,000

Hector Sandoval: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Fredy Serrano: $12,000

Sultan Aliev: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Bojan Velickovic: $12,000

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