Robbie Lawler took home the largest disclosed payday from UFC on Fox 8, pocketing $156,000 for his second-round knockout of Bobby Voelker.
Lawler dropped Voelker ($12,000) with a head kick and finished with ground-and-pound just 24 seconds into the second frame of their welterweight duel, which took place at Seattle’s KeyArena and aired live on the Fox network.
Saturday night’s show was headlined by a masterful performance by Demetrious Johnson, who earned $58,000 for his fifth-round submission of challenger John Moraga ($17,000). Earlier in the evening, Melvin Guillard was awarded $84,000 for his preliminary card KO of Mac Danzig ($30,000), and Ed Herman snatched $74,000 for his split decision victory over Trevor Smith ($8,000). Johnson, Guillard, Herman and Smith were additionally awarded $50,000 post-fight performance bonuses on top of their reported show and win money.
Also of note, co-headlining welterweights Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger earned $48,000 and $52,000, respectively, while Jorge Masvidal picked up $66,000 for his undercard submission of Michael Chiesa ($15,000).
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes or insurance, and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for his or her performance.
UFC on Fox 8 Salaries
Demetrious Johnson: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
John Moraga: $17,000
Rory MacDonald: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Jake Ellenberger: $52,000
Robbie Lawler: $156,000 (includes $78,000 win bonus)
Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Liz Carmouche: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Jessica Andrade: $8,000
Jorge Masvidal: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Michael Chiesa: $15,000
Danny Castillo: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
Tim Means: $12,000
Melvin Guillard: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
Mac Danzig: $30,000
Daron Cruickshank: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yves Edwards: $21,000
Ed Herman: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
Trevor Smith: $8,000
Germaine de Randamie: $18,000 (includes $9000 win bonus)
Julie Kedzie: $9,000
Justin Salas: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Aaron Riley: $14,000
Yaotzin Meza: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
John Albert: $10,000