UFC 216 Salaries
Tony Ferguson walked out of Las Vegas not just the new interim UFC lightweight champion, but also with the most money at the end of Saturday night.
Ferguson earned $500,0000 for his third round submission victory over Kevin Lee. Half of Ferguson’s winnings came way from a win bonus, Lee after needing to cut one pound in one hour at Friday’s weigh-ins walked away with $250,000.
After being denied his opportunity to break Anderson Silva’s record at UFC 215, Demetrious Johnson was able to earn his 11th consecutive title defense victory with a highlight reel suplex into armbar. The champion who with his new contract gets points off of the pay-per-view buys (a rare feat in UFC), earned a flat $370,000 for his victory on Saturday. Ray Borg his opponent walked away with $100,000
Another top earner was flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who notched a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense with a nifty fifth-round tap-out of Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the co-headliner. “Mighty Mouse” earned a flat rate of $370,000; Borg got $100,000 (and also wasn’t eligible for a win bonus).
Per to MMA Junkie and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the total disclosed payout for the event was $2,148,000.
Listed below is the salaries of each fighter reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, this is just base pay and does not include any sponsorship money, nor any other funds outside of base pay.
Tony Ferguson: $500,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin Lee: $250,000
Demetrious Johnson: $370,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $100,000
Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
def. Walt Harris: $28,000
Mara Romero Borella: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kalindra Faria: $12,000
Beneil Dariush: $48,000*
vs. Evan Dunham: $40,000*
Cody Stamann: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Duquesnoy: $23,000
Bobby Green: $24,000*
vs. Lando Vannata: $25,000*
Poliana Botelho: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Pearl Gonzalez: $10,000
Matt Schnell: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Marco Beltran: $14,000
John Moraga: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Magomed Bibulatov: $17,000
Brad Tavares: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
def. Thales Leites: $57,000
* – Fight ended in a draw; no win bonuses given