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Jon Jones makes basic purse of US$500,000 at UFC 182, with much more expected

01/05/2015 01:35 EST | Updated 03/07/2015 05:59 EST
TORONTO - Light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones picked up a basic purse of U$500,000 for his successful title defence against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released purse figures Monday. The commission figures do not tell the whole compensation story since the UFC, a private company, does not release all its bonus and contract details. Jones, for example, would likely have collected a cut of the lucrative pay-per-view revenue which UFC president Dana White said exceeded 750,000 buys.

Cormier got $90,0000, missing out on a matching win bonus.

Both main event fighters Saturday picked up an additional $50,000 for fight of the night.

Lightweight Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone earned $140,000, including a $70,000 win bonus for defeating Myles (Fury) Jury ($16,000) in the co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Welterweight Hector Lombard made $106,000 for his win over Josh Burkman ($45,000).

At the other end of the scale, UFC newcomer Jared (Tha Killa Gorilla) Cannonier made $8,000 in a knockout loss to Shawn Jordan ($94,000 including a $50,000 performance bonus).

Cannonier took two months off from his job repairing air traffic control equipment for the Federal Aviation Administration to prepare for the fight. The Alaska-based heavyweight raised more than $6,000 for his training camp in Arizona via gofundme.com.

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