The official fighter salaries for UFC 71 have yet to be released although numbers have been given out for the nights main event between Chuck Liddell and Quinton Jackson.
With the win, Jackson raked in just short of a half a million dollars, adding $450,000 to his bank account. Despite losing, Liddell had a bigger pay day than Jackson earning $500,000 for the sub-2 minute loss with another reported $500,000 going to him had he pulled off the win.
The salaries are the largest in UFC history and show significant increases over salaries from Liddell’s last title defense as well as Randy Couture’s win over Tim Sylvia. In the last UFC title fight at UFC 68 in March Couture earned a reported $250,000 for a win, just half of what Liddell earned in last nights loss. Former champion Tim Sylvia earned just $100,000 in the unsuccessful title defense.
For his successful title defense against Tito Ortiz at UFC 66, Liddell earned $250,000 flat salary with no win bonus showing that he has received a 100% salary increase between the two events.
Jackson too earned a boost in money as he earned $170,000 for his octagon debut victory over Marvin Eastman in February at UFC 67. The boost is likely a result of his new 4 fight deal which he signed with the UFC following his successful debut.
Full fighters salaries should be released shortly.