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UFC 118 salaries show Toney paid more than Couture, Penn combined

It’s not always about being the better fighter when it comes to salaries in the UFC. It is still a business, and the more eyes you can get on the event, the more valuable you are to get the big payday. Boxer, James “Lights Out” Toney proved that at UFC 118 having the fastest loss in the Octagon that night, and walking away with a check twice the size of his opponent, Randy Couture.

Frankie Edgar — $96,000 (Includes $48,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn — $150,000

Randy Couture — $250,000 def. James Toney — $500,000

Demian Maia — $68,000 def. Mario Miranda — $8,000

Gray Maynard — $46,000 (Includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Florian — $65,000

Nate Diaz — $120,000 (Includes $30,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Marcus Davis — $91,000 (Includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night bonus)

Joe Lauzon — $84,000 (Includes $12,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger — $8,000

Nik Lentz — $22,000 (Includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner — $10,000

Dan Miller — $30,000 (Includes $15,000 win bonus) def. John Salter — $8,000

Greg Soto — $12,000 (Includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nick Osipczak — $10,000

Mike Pierce — $24,000 (Includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Amilcar Alves — $6,000

Salaries from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission courtesy of

Note: Salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.

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