The total disclosed payroll for UFC 96 that took place on March 7 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, was $762,000. Number one light heavyweight contender, Quinton Jackson was the big winner of the night, taking home $225,000 plus a $100,000 win bonus for a total of $325,000.
In stark contrast to Jackson’s salary, the low man on the totem pole was Ryan Madigan. He received a flat $3,000 to lose to “the Barn Cat.”
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson = $325,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Keith Jardine = $55,000
- Shane Carwin = $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga = $60,000
- Matt Brown = $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Pete Sell = $12,000
- Matt Hamill = $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Mark Munoz = $12,000
- Gray Maynard = $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jim Miller = $9,000
- Tamdan McCrory = $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Madigan = $3,000
- Kendall Grove = $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Jason Day = $5,000
- Jason Brilz = $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tim Boetsch = $12,000
- Brandon Vera = $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Michael Patt = $5,000
- Shane Nelson = $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Aaron Riley = $6,000
Note: These numbers are disclosed pay only, they do not reflect money fighters earn from the usual “Fight Night” bonuses, sponsorships, pay-per-view percentages, or other modes of income.