UFC 189 fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the "Mendes vs. McGregor" pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend (Sat., July 11, 2015) from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor was tied for No. 1 at the box office, banking a sweet $500,000 payday for pounding out Chad Mendes, who also raked in $500k for their main event showdown (replay). Trailing the 145-pound headliners -- but not by much -- is the $300k richer Robbie Lawler, who smashed Rory MacDonald ($59,000) to retain his welterweight title (video).
That's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 189 payouts and salaries (via MMA Junkie):
Conor McGregor: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Chad Mendes: $500,000
McGregor def. Mendes via technical knockout
Robbie Lawler: $300,000 ($150,000 to show, $150,000 to win)
Rory MacDonald: $59,000
Lawler def. MacDonald via technical knockout
Jeremy Stephens: $72,000 ($32,000 to show, $40,000 to win)*
Dennis Bermudez: $34,000*
Stephens def. Bermudez via technical knockout
Gunnar Nelson: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)
Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Nelson def. Thatch via submission
Thomas Almeida: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Brad Pickett: $30,000
Almeida def. Pickett via knockout
Matt Brown: $92,000 ($46,000 to show, $46,000 to win)
Tim Means: $23,000
Brown def. Means via submission
Alex Garcia: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Mike Swick: $48,000
Garcia def. Swick via unanimous decision
John Howard: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Cathal Pendred: $10,000
Howard def. Pendred via split decision
Cody Garbrandt: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Henry Briones: $10,000
Garbrandt def. Briones via unanimous decision
Louis Smolka: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Neil Seery: $15,000
Smolka def. Seery via unanimous decision
Cody Pfister: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yosdenis Cedeno: $13,000
Pfister def. Cedeno via unanimous decision
*Stephens fined 20 percent of his purse ($8,000) for missing weight, payable to Bermudez
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 189 was $1,952,000.
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 "Mendes vs. McGregor" click here.
For complete UFC 189 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.