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UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the official paydays for this past weekend’s UFC 98 event. Despite losing his UFC light heavyweight title, Rashad Evans walked away sharing the night’s highest purse with Matt Hughes as each took home an easy $200K for their troubles.

Newly crowned light heavyweight king Lyoto Machida took home $140,000 for his special performance. Although he wasn’t the night’s highest paid fighter, Machida walked away with some bling around his waist to help ease that pain.

UFC 98 took place this past Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preliminary Bouts:

George Roop: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) Defeated David Kaplan: $8,000
Yoshiyuki Yoshida: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) Defeated Brandon Wolff: $4,000
Krzysztof Soszynski: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) Defeated Andre Gusmao: $5,000
Kyle Bradley: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) Defeated Phillipe Nover: $10,000
Tim Hague: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) Defeated Pat Barry: $7,000
Brock Larson: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus) Defeated Mike Pyle: $15,000*

Main Bouts:

Frankie Edgar: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) Defeated Sean Sherk: $40,000
Chael Sonnen: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) Defeated Dan Miller: $15,000
Drew McFedries: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus) Defeated Xavier Foupa-Pokam: $6,000
Matt Hughes: $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus) Defeated Matt Serra: $75,000#
Lyoto Machida: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) Defeated Rashad Evans: $200,000^

* – Not including Larson’s $60,000 Submission of the Night Bonus

# – Not including Hughes and Serra’s $60,000 (each) Fight of the Night Bonuses

^ – Not including Machida’s $60,000 Knockour of the Night Bonus