The Nevada State Athletic Commission has disclosed the paydays for this past weekend’s UFC 187 show, and the numbers may surprise you.
The headliners Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, who challenged for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship, both rank among the top of the list.
But the discrepancy between the two fighters’ pay is striking.
Johnson may have lost to Cormier, falling to a choke in the third round — but he earned $500,000 for his efforts.
For his efforts, Cormier netted a base pay of only $90,000, plus an additional $90,000 to win, for a total of $180,000.
That’s pretty good to most of us, but less than half of the guy he beat — and not even as much as either combatant in the co-main event. Had Cormier lost, he would have received less than a fifth of his opponent’s pay; in fact, he would have earned less than Donald Cerrone, Joseph Benavidez, or Dong Hyun Kim on the undercard.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman earned $250,000 to show and $250,000 to win against Vitor Belfort. Belfort, a teammate of Johnson’s, earned $300,000 to show, and would have earned another $200,000 to win.
Here is a full list:
Daniel Cormier: $180,000
defeated Anthony Johnson: $500,000
Chris Weidman: $500,000
defeated Vitor Belfort: $300,000
Donald Cerrone: $152,000
defeated John Makdessi: $30,000
Andrei Arlovski: $84,000
defeated Travis Browne: $60,000
Joseph Benavidez: $106,000
defeated John Moraga: $28,000
John Dodson: $40,000
defeated Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Dong Hyun Kim: $116,000
defeated Josh Burkman: $45,000
Rafael Natal: $70,000
defeated Uriah Hall: $14,000
Colby Covington: $24,000
defeated Mike Pyle: $51,000
Islam Makhachev: $20,000
defeated Leo Kuntz: $10,000
Justin Scoggins: $30,000
defeated Josh Sampo: $13,000