March 09, 2009

For the third year in a row the Ultimate Fighting Championship made Columbus, OH its home for a weekend and once again the show was a rousing success. As UFC President Dana White made mention during the post fight press conference, between their event and the Arnold Classic running the same weekend, the city of Columbus experienced around $41 million dollars in revenue.

As for the fighters earnings on the card, former light heavyweight champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson led the way with a total pay of $325,000, plus another $60,000 for his part in the "Fight of the Night."

His opponent, Keith Jardine, was the second highest paid fighter on the card earning $55,000 for his show money and another $60,000 for the "Fight of the Night" bonus also.

Here are the rest of the salaries for UFC 96:

-- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson $325,000 (includes win bonus of $100,000) def. Keith Jardine $55,000 (win bonus would have been $55,000) * Jackson and Jardine also each earned $60,000 for "Fight of the Night"

-- Shane Carwin $32,000 (includes win bonus of $16,000) def. GabrielGonzaga $60,000 (win bonus would have been $60,000)

-- Matt Brown $16,000 (includes win bonus of $8,000) def. Pete Sell $12,000 (win bonus would have been $12,000)

-- Matt Hamill $40,000 (includes win bonus of $20,000) def. Mark Munoz $12,000 (win bonus would have been $12,000) *Matt Hamill also earned $60,000 for "Knockout of the Night"

-- Gray Maynard $20,000 (includes win bonus of $10,000) def. Jim Miller $9,000 (win bonus would have been $9,000)

-- Tamdan McCrory $20,000 (includes win bonus of $10,000) def. RyanMadigan $3,000 (win bonus would have been $3,000)

-- Kendall Grove $44,000 (includes win bonus of $22,000) def. Jason Day $5,000 (win bonus would have been $5,000)

-- Jason Brilz $10,000 (includes win bonus of $5,000) def. Tim Boetsch $12,000 (win bonus would have been $12,000)

-- Brandon Vera $60,000 (includes win bonus of $30,000) def. Mike Patt $5,000 (win bonus would have been $5,000)

-- Shane Nelson $16,000 (includes win bonus of $8,000) def. Aaron Riley $6,000 (win bonus would have been $6,000)

More UFC 96

GROSS: Jackson's future troubles, more notes from UFC, Dream

FOWLKES: Jackson takes control at UFC 96

GROSS: Live blog of Jackson vs. Jardine

JUDGES' CHOICE: Jackson earns unanimous-decision win

NEXT?: Rampage to take on champ Evans

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