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UFC on Fox 4 Figher Salaries: Shogun and Machida Top the Payroll

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The UFC on Fox 4 fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua won the main event and took home the biggest registered payday, but Lyoto Machida, a close second on the pay scale, won the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight championship.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses.

Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters' salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

UFC on Fox 4 Fighter Salaries

Mauricio 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)
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
no decision with Wagner Prado: $16,000

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

Phil De Fries: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Oliver Thompson: $8,000

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


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