UFC Fight Night 26 didn’t go according to plan for either Mauricio “Shogun” Rua or Alistair Overeem, but the decorated vets led the way in compensation for the August 17th card as one might expect.
According to the payroll figures the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has released, Overeem collected a check for $285,714.29, after getting KO’d by Travis Browne in the opening round. “Hapa”, on the other hand, earned $48 grand, which included a $24,000 bonus for winning the memorable bout.
Rua was reportedly paid $175,000 for his first round, submission loss to Chael Sonnen, who in turn made $100K for the win. “The American Gangsta’s” payout did not include a win bonus.
The card’s third highest earner was former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber, who was awarded $120,000 for his unanimous decision win over Yuri Alcantara. The Brazilian bantamweight was paid $16,000 in show money.
So here is the complete payroll for UFC FN 26, which went down at Boston’s TD Garden Arena and also marked the promotion’s FOX Sports 1 debut (figures via MMA Weekly.com). Remember that the numbers below are what were disclosed to the commission by the UFC, and do not include any sponsorship money or performance based bonuses a fighter may have earned.
Chael Sonnen: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $175,000
Travis Browne: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Alistair Overeem: $285,714.29
Urijah Faber: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Iuri Alcantara: $16,000
Matt Brown: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Pyle: $45,000
John Howard: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Uriah Hall: $10,000
Michael Johnson: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $27,000
Michael McDonald: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $23,000
Conor McGregor: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Max Holloway: $14,000
Steven Siler: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Brown: $30,000
Diego Brandao: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Pineda: $15,000
Manny Gamburyan: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Miller: $26,000
Ovince St. Preux: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Donovan: $8,000
James Vick: $16,000 (include $8,000 win bonus)
def. Ramsey Nijem: $14,000