After being dealt with an unsurprising defeat at UFC 203, CM Punk still comes out a winner, bringing in a hefty paycheck from his MMA debut.
According to the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC), Punk (whose real name is Phil Brooks) earned $500,000 despite losing to a first-round submission, courtesy of up and coming welterweight Mickey Gall. Punk comes out as the third highest-earning fighter that night behind only headliners Alistair Overeem, who earned $800,000 and Stipe Miocic who raked in $600,000.
Punk’s opponent, Gall, on the other hand, earned a measly $30,000 with a $15,000 bonus for making quick work of the former WWE star in the Octagon.
The fighter’s earnings add to his already staggering net worth, which is reportedly in the area of $7.5 million, much of which came from his successful WWE career. According to sources, 2015 was one of Punk’s bigger years, with his average earning salary around $900,000. At one point, the wrestler even earned as much as $1.2 million from the wrestling company, and by the time he left the WWE, he had already brought in $6 million.
UFC fighters mock and congratulate CM Punk
Meanwhile, other fighters in the UFC did not take the news of Punk’s earnings too kindly attacking his lack of experience and background. UFC lightweight Rafael dos Anjos claimed via Twitter that he never came close to receiving that amount in his entire time as the champ.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, on the other hand, voiced his respect for Punk.
“I’ll tell you what, fair play to him,” McGregor shared with TMZ. “Because he got in there and fought, and not a lot of people do. Not a lot of people have the balls to make that walk, so fair play.”
Does CM Punk deserve his pay? According to his net worth, he probably doesn’t even need it.
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