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12th Sep 2016

CM Punk made a hell of a lot more money than the man who submitted him on Saturday

Skills don't always pay the bills

Darragh Murphy

CM Punk earned quite the payday for 134 seconds of “work” on Saturday.

The former professional wrestler was dismantled by unheralded youngster Mickey Gall, as expected, in Punk’s mixed martial arts debut.

Without any amateur experience, Punk (real name Phil Brooks) made the decision to train in and ultimately compete in MMA after leaving the WWE in 2014.

The debut arrived at UFC 203 on Saturday night and he lasted just over two minutes with Gall, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under the Miller brothers.

UFC 203: Miocic v Overeem

And while it was Gall’s perfect win streak that extended, it was Punk’s bank balance that earned the much more significant boost as the disclosed purses from UFC 203 emerged on Monday.

The Ohio Athletic Commission released the disclosed paydays for the fighters competing at the weekend and they show that Punk made a flat fee of $500,000 for his first fight.

There would have been no win bonus for Punk had he gotten his hand raised but the $500,000 does not take into consideration any sponsorship money or locker room bonuses that he likely earned

UFC 203: Miocic v Overeem

Gall meanwhile, who stretched his record to 3-0, took home a paltry $30,000 for his victory over the big-name debutant. He was on a $15,000 to show/$15,000 to win deal.

The only main card fighter to earn less than Gall was Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood, who made $25,000 in defeat to Jessica Andrade.

UFC 203: Miocic v Overeem

In terms of higher earners, the defending UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic claimed a flat $600,000 purse for getting past challenger Alistair Overeem, who actually earned more with $800,000.

Co-headliners Fabricio Werdum made $375,000 in victory over Travis Browne ($120,000).

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