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C.M. Punk got paid very well for his two-minute loss to Mickey Gall in the special attraction bout of UFC 203 Saturday night in Cleveland.
Punk earned a $500,000 fighter salary, according to payouts released by the Ohio Athletic Commission on Monday.
Punk was the third-highest-paid fighter on the night, trailing main event fighters Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.
Punk’s opponent, Mickey Gall, received $30,000, a fraction of Punk’s pay-out.
UFC viewed Punk as one of the key draws for the PPV, rewarding him with half-a-million dollars to presumably help boost PPV buys. The official buys count will be released at a later time.
In an interview with Fox Sports after the fight, a humbled Punk said he hopes to fight again, and he believes he is better than what he showed in a one-sided loss to Gall.