Diego Sanchez cashes in despite controversy


The decision win for Diego Sanchez busted open a can of worms over the New Mexico State Athletic Commission following his win over Ross Pearson last Saturday. There were allegations that no fighter from New Mexico had to submit to a drug test which has been debunked.  The decision is being appealed but it doesn’t look like there is anything the commission can do to fix it.

The shock from the result itself has been voiced across the internet. The UFC Fight Night 42 payouts have been released and now the conversation continues as Sanchez was the highest paid fighter on the card!

Sanchez beat out former lightweight champ Benson Henderson in disclosed pay. Henderson did come in second in the race to the bank but that is still odd right? Sanchez is a streaky fighter who seems to always entertain but comes off with some crazy decisions. His last win is a fine example as he edged Takanori Gomi in Japan. Many in the media and many fans were puzzled as to how he won that one. The latest decision has been questioned by damn near everyone including Dana White.

Will the craziness of judging ever be settled?

Let us take a look at the UFC Fight Night 42 paydays.  The total payroll of the event has been reported to be $628,000.

Benson Henderson: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Rustam Khabilov: $17,000
Diego Sanchez: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Ross Pearson: $30,000

John Dodson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
John Moraga: $19,000

Rafael dos Anjos: $64,000 ($32,000 to show, $32,000 to win)
Jason High: $19,000

Piotr Hallmann: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yves Edwards: $24,000

Bryan Caraway: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Erik Perez: $21,000

Sergio Pettis: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yaotzin Meza: $14,000

Lance Benoist: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Bobby Voelker: $12,000

Scott Jorgensen: $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Danny Martinez: $8,000

Jon Tuck: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jake Lindsey: $8,000

Patrick Cummins: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Roger Narvaez: $8,000

These figured do not include and compensation from sponsors, discretionary bonuses or other money received outside the scope of what was reported. This also does not include “performance of the night” bonuses that are handed out at each event nor does it include any deductions for licensing fees, taxes or other responsibilities. 



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