UFC 96 Fighter Salaries: “Rampage” Tops Payroll

Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson took home nearly half of the disclosed $762,000 payroll at UFC 96, earning $325,000 for his unanimous decision victory over Keith Jardine in the evening’s headliner. Jardine received $55,000 for the losing effort.

UFC 96 took place on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and the Ohio State Athletic Commission today released the official salaries for the pay-per-view event.

Other top earners included Gabriel Gonzaga ($60,000), Brandon Vera ($60,000), Kendall Grove ($44,000), and Matt Hamill ($40,000).

UFC 96 drew a sell-out crowd of 17,033 for a live gate of $1.8 million.

The official salaries exclude some bonuses (including “fight night” bonuses), taxes, fees, sponsor payments, and other miscellaneous payments and fees.

The official salaries for UFC 96 were:

  • Quinton Jackson ($325,000 – includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Keith Jardine ($55,000)
  • Shane Carwin ($32,000 – includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga ($60,000)
  • Matt Brown ($16,000 – includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Pete Sell ($12,000)
  • Matt Hamill ($40,000 – includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Mark Munoz ($12,000)
  • Gray Maynard ($20,000 – includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jim Miller ($9,000)
  • Tamdan McCrory ($20,000 – includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Madigan ($3,000)
  • Kendall Grove ($44,000 – includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Jason Day ($5,000)
  • Jason Brilz ($10,000 – includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tim Boetsch ($12,000)
  • Brandon Vera ($60,000 – includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Mike Patt ($5,000)
  • Shane Nelson ($16,000 – includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Aaron Riley ($6,000)

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