Middleweight veteran Chris Leben earned $70,000 for his second-round knockout of Aaron Simpson on the Spike-televised main card of Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, topping the $406,000 payroll for the UFC event at The Palms in Las Vegas, according to figures released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The official salaries for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale were:
- Court McGee: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Kris McCray: $8,000
- Matt Hamill: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) def. Keith Jardine: $55,000
- Chris Leben: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Aaron Simpson: $13,000
- Dennis Siver: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus) def. Spencer Fisher: $26,000
- Rich Attonito: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Jamie Yager: $8,000
- John Gunderson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Mark Holst: $6,000
- Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Seth Baczynski: $8,000
- Kyle Noke: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Josh Bryant: $8,000
- Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. James Hammortree: $8,000
- Travis Browne: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. James McSweeney: $8,000
In addition to the salaries listed above, which are simply those disclosed by the UFC to the NSAC and not representative of a fighter’s total earnings, Hamill, Jadine, Leben, and McGee each earned $25,000 “fight night” bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale.
Pictured: Chris Leben