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UFC on Fox 4: Shogun and Machida earn highest salaries from event’s $963,000 payroll

Former UFC light heavyweight champions Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Lyoto Machida were the highest paid fighters on this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 4 card. Rua earned himself $240,000 from the event and Machida banked $200,000 making a combined total of $440,000 which is 46 percent of the event’s total payroll of $963,000.

The salary figures were reported by MMAJunkie.com who requested and received the list of official disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.

Both Shogun and Machida won their fights at UFC on Fox 4, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 4. Mauricio Rua defeated Brandon Vera via TKO in the main event and Lyoto Machida knocked out Ryan Bader in the co-main event of the evening.

Here are the full UFC on Fox 4 paydays:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $240,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Vera: $70,000

Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $47,000

Joe Lauzon: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Varner: $12,000

Mike Swick: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. DaMarques Johnson: $18,000

Nam Phan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Miller: $21,000

Phil Davis: $30,000
vs. Wagner Prado: $16,000

Rani Yahya: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Grispi: $15,000

Phil De Fries: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Oli Thompson: $11,000

Manny Gamburyan: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Michihiro Omigawa: $11,000

John Moraga: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Ulysses Gomez: $8,000

Disclaimer: The figures above are base salaries reported to the commission and do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special bonuses Zuffa LLC oftentimes pays.

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