UFC 197 Salaries

Pay Boxers and MMA Fighters receive from the cards they fought on straight from the commissions.
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UFC 197 Salaries

Post by Primetyme199 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:48 am

Jon Jones, who pocketed a flat rate of $500,000, earned the largest disclosed payout at this past Saturday’s UFC 197 event.

Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC), who didn’t get a win bonus, defeated late replacement Ovince Saint Preux (19-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC) to claim an interim light-heavyweight title in the pay-per-view headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The next top earner, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC), earned $195,000 ($60,000 of which was a win bonus) for his quick first-round victory. His opponent, Henry Cejudo (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), got $60,000.

MMAjunkie recently requested and today obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,470,000.

The full UFC 197 payouts included:

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ovince Saint Preux: $55,000

Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Cejudo: $60,000

Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000

Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Natal: $41,000

Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Fili: $18,000

Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Kelades: $12,000

Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Dominique Steele: $12,000

Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Juliana Lima: $14,000

James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Glaico Franca: $17,000

Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cody East: $10,000

Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Clint Hester: $12,000

Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $18,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 UFC 197 fight-night bonuses to Rodriguez and Johnson (“Performance of the Night”) and Roberts and Steele (“Fight of the Night”).

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For more on UFC 197, check out the UFC Events section of the site.
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