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UFC 200 Salaries Released

Published On July 11, 2016 | MMA News
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MMAJunkie.comUFC 200 salaries: Brock Lesnar’s $2.5 million leads disclosed payroll of nearly $7 million

The most massive event in UFC history also had what is likely the most massive set of fighter payouts in UFC history.

A total of 14 of the 24 fighters on this past Saturday’s UFC 200 card took home disclosed six-figure salaries or more, and six took home at least a half-million.

MMAjunkie requested and today received the list of disclosed payouts from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar earned the top disclosed payout with a whopping $2.5 million for his unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Hunt took home $700,000. Neither fighter was scheduled to get a win bonus.

In the main event, Amanda Nunes captured the women’s bantamweight title with a first-round submission of champ Miesha Tate. Tate made $500,000 in the loss, while Nunes cleared $100,000 for the upset. Like in the co-main, neither was contracted for a bonus with a win.

Daniel Cormier made $500,000 for his short-notice fight against Anderson Silva, who made $600,000 in the loss and would’ve pocketed another $200,000 had he upset the light heavyweight champ in the non-title fight. And by winning the interim featherweight title, Jose Aldo picked up $500,000 against Frankie Edgar, who made $190,000 for his five rounds of work, even though he came up short against aldo again. Former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez got $300,000 for his first-round TKO of Travis Browne, who made $120,000.

The payroll for the five fights on the main card alone was $5.41 million – or nearly 80 percent of the total payroll for the entire card. On the preliminary card, four fighters made north of $100,000, including Sage Northcutt, who got $100,000 for his decision win over Enrique Marin, who made $13,000.

The total disclosed payroll for the event reached nearly $7 million at $6,979,000, believed to be the highest combined disclosed payday in UFC history.

UFC 200 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The full list of UFC 200 payouts included:

Amanda Nunes: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Miesha Tate: $500,000

Brock Lesnar: $2,500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mark Hunt: $700,000

Daniel Cormier: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Anderson Silva: $600,000

Jose Aldo: $500,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Edgar: $190,000

Cain Velasquez: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Travis Browne: $120,000

Julianna Pena: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Cat Zingano: $35,000

Kelvin Gastelum: $86,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus and $20,000 from Hendricks’ purse)
def. Johny Hendricks: $80,000 (Hendricks forfeited 20 percent of his original $100,000 show money to Gastelum for missing weight)

T.J. Dillashaw: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Raphael Assuncao: $42,000

Sage Northcutt: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Enrique Marin: $13,000

Joe Lauzon: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Sanchez: $80,000

Gegard Mousasi: $110,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $28,000

Jim Miller: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Takanori Gomi: $55,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 UFC 200 fight-night bonuses to Nunes, Velasquez, Lauzon and Mousasi (“Performance of the Night”).

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

We knew the payday would be big…. $2.5 million for Brock Lesnar! He took home 1/3 of the “disclosed” payroll for the entire UFC 200 card. This doesn’t even include the “additional” money he received from sponsors or “locker room” bonuses (possibly PPV sells?). More than likely he pocketed $6M – $8M for the 3 rounds he laid on Mark Hunt. Was he worth it?

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