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UFC 197 payouts and salaries: Jon Jones leads payday way with $500k

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UFC 197 fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the "Jones vs. Saint Preux" pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend (Sat., April 23, 2016) from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones raked in $500,000 for his five-round decision win over Ovince Saint Preux (video), who despite the loss, has 55,000 reasons to feel better about his performance. Elsewhere on the card, Demetrious Johnson hauled in $195,000 -- and defended his flyweight title -- for creaming Henry Cejudo (watch it).

That's not all.

Here is the complete list of UFC 197 payouts and salaries:

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Ovince Saint Preux: $55,000
Jones def. Saint Preux by unanimous decision

Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Henry Cejudo: $60,000
Johnson def. Cejudo by technical knockout

Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Barboza def. Pettis by unanimous decision

Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Rafael Natal: $41,000
Whittaker def. Natal by unanimous decision

Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Andre Fili: $18,000
Rodriguez def. Fili by knockout

Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Chris Kelades: $12,000
Pettis def. Kelades by unanimous decision

Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Dominique Steele: $12,000
Roberts def. Steele by unanimous decision

Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Juliana Lima: $14,000
Esparza def. Lima by unanimous decision

James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Glaico Franca: $17,000
Vick def. Franca by unanimous decision

Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Cody East: $10,000
Harris def. East by technical knockout

Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Clint Hester: $12,000
Rogerio de Lima def. Hester by submission

Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Efrain Escudero: $18,000
Lee def. Escudero by unanimous decision

The total disclosed payroll for UFC 197 was $1,470,000.

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 "Jones vs. Saint Preux" click here.

For complete UFC 197 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.

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