'Bones' is UFC 145 top earner


Posted at Apr 26 2012 10:14 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2012 06:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Mixed martial arts (MMA) light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has emerged as the top-earning fighter of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 145 wherein he defeated his former friend Rashad Evans.

Although his paycheck remains far from the multi-million earnings of boxing stars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jones was still able to take home a considerable sum of $400,000, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Jones dominated Evans in 5 rounds to retain his UFC belt via unanimous decision.

Evans, a former UFC champion himself, settled for $300,000.

Heavyweight fighter Ben Rothwell came in as the third highest-paid fighter in UFC 145, pocketing a $104,000 paycheck aside from a $52,000 win bonus for his victory over Brendan Schaub.

Schaub was given $14,000 for his losing effort.