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UFC Fight Night 88 salaries: Jeremy Stephens tops payroll with $100,000

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UFC featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens handily led the disclosed payroll of UFC Fight Night 88, earning a salary of $100,000 for his co-main event victory over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao, according to figures released Monday to MMA Fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Stephens spoiled Barao’s long-awaited debut in the featherweight division by winning a back-and-forth contest via unanimous decision on the night’s main card, which aired lived on FOX Sports 1 on May 29 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barao, a former UFC bantamweight champion who defended the belt three times, earned $50,000 in his losing effort.

No other fighter on the card hit the six-figure mark in earnings. Welterweight veteran Rick Story was the closest, taking home $76,000 for his main card win over former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine.

In the night’s main event, bantamweight prospect Cody Garbrandt earned $48,000 for his sizzling first-round knockout of Thomas Almeida ($25,000).

In addition to their commission-reported salaries, Stephens, Barao, Garbrandt, and undercard winner Jake Collier all took home $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.

A complete list of the UFC Fight Night 88’s salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main card (FOX Sports 1)
Cody Garbrandt ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Thomas Almeida ($25,000)
Jeremy Stephens ($50,000 + $50,000 = $100,000) def. Renan Barao ($50,000)
Rick Story ($38,000 + $38,000 = $76,000) def. Tarec Saffiedine ($37,000)
Chris Camozzi ($36,000 + $36,000 = $72,000) vs. Vitor Miranda ($18,000)
Lorenz Larkin ($36,000 + $36,000 = $72,000) def. Jorge Masvidal ($57,000)
Paul Felder ($21,000 + $21,000 = $42,000) def. Josh Burkman ($48,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Sara McMann ($25,000 + $25,000 ….View full article

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