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James Toney earns $500,000 for UFC 118 loss to Randy Couture

Half-a-million dollars may sound like small potatoes to fans accustomed with the enormous payouts main event boxers often receive but in the case of Mixed Martial Arts it stands out as being one of the top per-fight salaries in the sport’s history. Those worlds collided earlier today when it was announced iconic boxer James Toney received an event-high $500,000 for his lackluster loss to former UFC double-divisional champ Randy Couture this past weekend at UFC 118 in Boston. Toney’s salary netted him more than $153,000 per minute spent in the Octagon and accounted for more than a third of the fully disclosed payroll.

Couture, by comparison, earned $250,000 for the first-round pummeling without any reported “win bonus” involved.

Their salaries were released earlier today along with the remainder of the card by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission and reported by MMAWeekly.

The full list of salary results can be found below:

Mike Pierce – $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Amilcar Alves – $6,000
Greg Soto – $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nick Osipczak – $10,000
Dan Miller – $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. John Salter – $8,000
Nik Lentz – $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner - $10,000
Joe Lauzon – $84,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger – $8,000
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)
Gray Maynard – $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Florian – $65,000
Demian Maia – $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Mario Miranda – $8,000
Randy Couture – $250,000 def. James Toney – $500,000
Frankie Edgar – $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn – $150,000

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