UFC 187 fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the "Johnson vs. Cormier" pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend (Sat., May 23, 2015) from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was tied for No. 1 at the box office, banking a sweet $500,000 payday for pounding out Vitor Belfort ($300,000) in the co-main event (highlights). That puts him dead even with Anthony Johnson, who was unable to "Rumble" past Daniel Cormier in the event headliner (replay), but still made $500k compared to $180,000 for "DC."
That's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 187 payouts and salaries:
Daniel Cormier: $180,000 ($90,000 to show, $90,000 to win)
Anthony Johnson: $500,000
Cormier def. Johnson by submission
Chris Weidman: $500,000 ($250,000 to show, $250,000 to win)
Vitor Belfort: $300,000
Weidman def. Belfort by technical knockout
Donald Cerrone: $152,000 ($76,000 to show, $76,000 to win)
John Makdessi: $30,000
Cerrone def. Makdessi by technical knockout
Andrei Arlovski: $84,000 ($42,000 to show, $42,000 to win)
Travis Browne: $60,000
Arlovski def. Browne by technical knockout
Joseph Benavidez: $106,000 ($53,000 to show, $53,000 to win)
John Moraga: $28,000
Benavidez def. Moraga by unanimous decision
John Dodson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Dodson def. Makovsky by unanimous decision
Dong Hyun Kim: $116,000 ($58,000 to show, $58,000 to win)
Josh Burkman: $45,000
Kim def. Burkman by submission
Rafael Natal: $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 to win)
Uriah Hall: $14,000
Natal def. Hall by split decision
Colby Covington: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Mike Pyle: $51,000
Covington def. Pyle by unanimous decision
Islam Makhachev: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Leo Kuntz: $10,000
Makhachev def. Kuntz by submission
Justin Scoggins: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Josh Sampo: $13,000
Scoggons def. Sampo by unanimous decision
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 187 was $2.452 million.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the promotion often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonuses. To check out these figures for "Johnson vs. Cormier" click here.
For complete UFC 187 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.