UFC fighter payouts for those athletes competing at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 Finale last weekend (Sun., July 12, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Jorge Masvidal, who moved up to welterweight after a ho-hum run at 155 pounds, blew away Cezar Ferreira at the "Ellenberger vs. Thompson" event (replay), then blew away the rest of his fellow fighters at the check-cashing window.
To the tune of $102,000.
That includes Jake Ellenberger, who claimed a $73,000 consolation prize after Stephen Thompson kicked his head into the fourth row (watch it). "Wonderboy" won $42,000 for his efforts, which is expected to send him shooting up the 170-pound ladder.
That's not all.
Here is the complete list of TUF 21 Finale payouts and salaries (via Sherdog.com):
Stephen Thompson: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Jake Ellenberger: $73,000
Thompson def. Ellenberger via knockout
Kamaru Usman: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Usman def. Hassan via submission
Michael Graves: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Vicente Luque: $10,000
Graves def. Luque via unanimous decision
Jorge Masvidal: $102,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)
Cezar Ferreira: $20,000
Masvidal def. Ferreira via knockout
Michelle Waterson: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Angela Magana: $10,000
Waterson def. Magana via submission
Maximo Blanco: $41,400 ($18,400 to show, $23,000 to win)*
Mike De La Torre: $17,600*
Blanco def. De La Torre via technical knockout
Josh Samman: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Caio Magalhaes: $20,000
Samman def. Magalhaes via submission
Jerrod Sanders: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Russell Doane: $11,000
Sanders def. Doane via unanimous decision
Trevor Smith: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Dan Miller: $25,000
Smith def. Miller via unanimous decision
George Sullivan: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Dominic Waters: $10,000
Sullivan def. Waters via unanimous decision
Willie Gates: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Darrell Montague: $10,000
Gates def. Montague via technical knockout
*Blanco fined 20-percent of his purse, payable to Mike De La Torre
The total disclosed payroll for TUF 21 Finale was $596,000.
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 "Ellenberger vs. Thompson" click here.
For complete TUF 21 Finale results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.