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