The UFC has doled out nearly seven millions dollars in payroll to the fighters on the UFC 200 card.
When one takes into consideration that three of the four biggest draws in the sport, McGregor, Rousey and (sadly) Jon Jones, did not compete on the card, it is remarkable that the UFC paid out their highest ever disclosed purse. Surely, this emphasises how important Saturday night was to the company; not as just the celebration of a milestone, the inaugural card at the new T-Mobile arena, or the return of Brock Lesnar, but due to the impending sale of the company to WME-IMG.
Brock Lesnar’s show money dwarfed Conor McGregor’s disclosed UFC 196 payout, as the former heavyweight champion took home a record $2.5m (no win bonus) after disposing of Mark Hunt in his return to the Octagon. Surprisingly, Hunt was paid more than anyone else on the card. He returned to Sydney with $700,000.
Despite all the worries that Daniel Cormier would not be paid, he made a cool half a million dollars for his decision win over Anderson Silva. However, the real winner of the purse announcements has to be Anderson Silva. Despite the fact that the ‘Spider’ didn’t have to endure a lengthy camp or a strenuous media schedule over the past three months, for being the UFC’s knight in shining armor, he made $600,000. Had he come away with the upset win, he was set to make yet another $200,000.
Despite losing her belt, Miesha Tate made $500,000 in defeat. New champion Amanda Nunes will most likely be seeking more than her $100,000 payment when she becomes the fourth woman to defend the Bantamweight belt in the space of twelve months. Like in the co-main, neither was contracted for a bonus with a win.
In his return to winning ways, Jose Aldo cracked half a million dollars in his dismantling of Frankie Edgar, whom left with $190,000. Aldo’s windfall included a $100,000 win bonus.
Elsewhere, Kelvin Gastellum was slated to win a measly $33,000 before he doubled it a win bonus of $33,000 as well as another $20,000, due to Johny Hendricks missing weight and fore-fitting twenty percent of his purse.
Four fighters earned $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses; new champion Nunes and former champ Cain Velazquez, as well as undercard fighters Gegard Mousasi and Joe Lauzon.
As usual, these figures don’t include insurance, licence and tax deductions, nor bonuses for Reebok and other UFC sponsorship programmes. As has always been taken advantage of by the UFC, undisclosed PPV, locker room and discretionary bonuses are rife. The below is simply what the UFC, as a private promotion, reports to the Nevada Commission.
For example, the two champions entering UFC 200 (Cormier and Tate) receive $40,000 for donning the Reebok attire, while Amanda Nunes receives $30,000 as the title challenger on the night. Based on experience tiers, fighters receive higher finances. Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Thus, despite being on the UFC Fight Pass Card, Joe Louzon and Diego Sanchez made more money off Reebok than anyone on the undercards, or even co-main eventers Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt.
The full list of official UFC 200 payouts included, per MMA Junkie:
Amanda Nunes: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Miesha Tate: $500,000
Brock Lesnar: $2,500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mark Hunt: $700,000
Daniel Cormier: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Anderson Silva: $600,000
Jose Aldo: $500,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Edgar: $190,000
Cain Velasquez: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Travis Browne: $120,000
Julianna Pena: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Cat Zingano: $35,000
Kelvin Gastelum: $86,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus and $20,000 from Hendricks’ purse)
def. Johny Hendricks: $80,000 (Hendricks forfeited 20 percent of his original $100,000 show money to Gastelum for missing weight)
T.J. Dillashaw: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Raphael Assuncao: $42,000
Sage Northcutt: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Enrique Marin: $13,000
Joe Lauzon: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Sanchez: $80,000
Gegard Mousasi: $110,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $28,000
Jim Miller: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Takanori Gomi: $55,000
Garbhan Madigan, Pundit Arena