The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the "Johnson vs. Elliott" mixed martial arts (MMA) event last weekend (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) from inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, were released earlier today by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson retained his 125-pound title against TUF 24 finalist Tim Elliott (watch it). The former raked in a whopping $350,000 following his five-round victory on FOX Sports 1 while the latter scooped up $100,000 in defeat.
In the TUF 24 Finale co-main event, Joseph Benavidez collected $140,000 for his narrow, split-decision win over fellow flyweight contender (and TUF 24 coach) Henry Cejudo (video), who claimed $50,000 for his efforts inside “The Pearl.”
That's not all.
Here is the complete list of TUF 24 Finale payouts and salaries (via MMA Junkie):
Champ Demetrious Johnson: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tim Elliott: $100,000
Joseph Benavidez: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Cejudo: $50,000
Jorge Masvidal: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $78,000
Jared Cannonier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ion Cutelaba: $12,000
Sara McMann: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Alexis Davis: $27,000
Brandon Moreno: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Benoit: $15,000
Ryan Hall: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $51,000
Rob Font: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
def. Matt Schnell: $10,000
Dong Hyun Kim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan O’Reilly: $12,000
Jamie Moyle: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Kailin Curran: $20,000
Anthony Smith: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Elvis Mutapcic: $16,000
Devin Clark: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000
The total disclosed payroll for TUF 24 Finale was $1,242,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, Reebok sponsorships (see those figures here), 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. Elliott" click here.
For complete TUF 24 Finale results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.