UFC 98 Payouts – Winners Don’t Always Make the Most Money
Even though former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans lost his belt to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98, he still left with more money in his pocket. $200K to be exact compared to Machida’s $140K (that’s including the $70K win bonus.) Not a bad way to lose, if you ask me. Had Evans won, he would’ve made an additional $175K.
Another top earner of the evening was Matt Hughes, matching Evans’ $200K, that’s including his $100K win bonus. While his defeated opponent, Serra left with $75K compensation.
The other combatants’ earnings can be seen here:
-Drew McFedries: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
-Xavier Foupa-Pokam: $6,000
-Chael Sonnen: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)
-Dan Miller: $15,000
-Frankie Edgar: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
-Sean Sherk: $40,000
-Brock Larson: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus)
-Mike Pyle: $15,000
-Tim Hague: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
-Pat Barry: $7,000
-Kyle Bradley: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus)
-Phillipe Nover: $10,000
-Krzysztof Soszynski: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
-Andre Gusmao: $5,000
-Yoshiyuki Yoshida: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
-Brandon Wolff: $3,000
-George Roop: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
-David Kaplan: $8,000
The payouts for the evening totaled $957,000. This number does not reflect any sponsorships or locker room bonuses the fighters receive.