After featherweight champ Max Holloway was forced to pull out of his UFC 222 title defense against Frankie Edgar with an injury, it was looking like the event might end up getting scrapped. But in the end, the UFC was able to pull some strings and get women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg to step up and face Invicta champ Yana Kunitskaya in the main event.
The NSAC just released the pay figures for all the fighters on UFC 222, and it’s no surprise that Cyborg leads the pack with a $500,000 flat paycheck with no win bonus. Kunitskaya is also getting a nice chunk of cash: $100,000 flat with no win bonus as well.
And just a reminder: these commission figures often don’t tell the full story of a fighter’s pay. Cyborg will undoubtedly be getting a chunk of PPV sales, and we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more ‘hidden’ money associated with her taking the fight on short notice. Oh, this doesn’t include Reebok sponsorship pay or whatever the UFC is calling it these days.
Here’s the full list of fighter pay:
- Cris Cyborg: $500,000 (no win bonus) vs. Yana Kunitskaya: $100,000 (no win bonus)
- Frankie Edgar: $195,000 (no win bonus) vs. Brian Ortega: $100,000 to show ($100,000 to win)
- Sean O’Malley: $22,000 ($22,000 to win) vs. Andre Soukhamthath: $19,000 ($19,000 to win)
- Stefan Struve: $77,000 ($77,000 to win) vs. Andrei Arlovski: $275,000 (no win bonus)
- Cat Zingano: $35,000 ($35,000 to win) vs. Ketlen Vieira: $30,000 ($30,000 to win)
- Ashley Yoder: $12,000 ($12,000 to win) vs. Mackenzie Dern: $25,000 ($25,000 to win)
- Beneil Dariush: $48,000 ($48,000 to win) vs. Alexander Hernandez: $13,000 ($13,000 to win)
- John Dodson: $41,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus) vs. Pedro Munhoz: $34,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
- C. B. Dollaway: $46,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus) vs. Hector Lombard: $62,000 (includes $62,000 win bonus)
- Mike Pyle: $55,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) vs. Zak Ottow: $18,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
- Bryan Caraway: $21,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus) vs. Cody Stamann: $20,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
- Jordan Johnson: $14,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) vs. Adam Milstead: $12,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)