UFC 216 fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the "Ferguson vs. Lee" pay-per-view (PPV) event last night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, were released by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Leading the way was Tony Ferguson, who banked $500,000 for his win over Kevin Lee, which also gave him the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Lightweight title and set him up or an even bigger payday against Conor McGregor.
The next highest payout was issued to Demetrious Johnson, who banked $370,000 after making history by earning his eleventh straight title defense after submitting Ray Borg in the co-main event.
However, we can expect Johnson’s payout to be a bit higher once it’s all said an done as “Mighty Mouse: will be earning pay-per-view (PPV) points from the event for the first time in his career.
That's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 216 payouts and salaries (via MMA Junkie):
Tony Ferguson: $500,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus) def. Kevin Lee: $250,000
Demetrious Johnson: $370,000 (no win bonus) def. Ray Borg: $100,000
Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus) def. Walt Harris: $28,000
Mara Romero Borella: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Kalindra Faria: $12,000
Beneil Dariush: $48,000* vs. Evan Dunham: $40,000*
Cody Stamann: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Tom Duquesnoy: $23,000
Bobby Green: $24,000* vs. Lando Vannata: $25,000*
Poliana Botelho: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Pearl Gonzalez: $10,000
Matt Schnell: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Marco Beltran: $14,000
John Moraga: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Magomed Bibulatov: $17,000
Brad Tavares: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus) def. Thales Leites: $57,000
* – Fight ended in a draw; no win bonuses given
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 216 was $2,148,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, Reebok 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 "Ferguson vs, Lee" click here.
For complete UFC 216 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.