Here’s How Much Each Fighter At UFC 249 Made

18 May 2020
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The Florida state boxing commission has lifted the lid on the salaries of each fighter

While COVID-19 lockdown regulations dealt the sporting world a massive blow, upending players’ schedules and seeing seasons postponed indefinitely, one sport seems to have managed somewhat better than the rest – UFC.

In the States, UFC fights have already continued, despite the fact that the majority of the country is grappling with the spread of coronavirus and how best to contain the spread. Determined to see its fights get underway, the UFC took over a hotel, tested everyone upon check-in, and then held all events at an adjacent arena. For some, the UFC are providing a blueprint for sports leagues looking to return and if you look at the salaries recently revealed in the UFC, it’s easy to see why fighters are so eager to keep the sport going.

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The UFC 249 salaries were revealed by the Florida State Boxing Commission, the organisation responsible for overseeing the pay-per-view fight card that took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. If you’ve found yourself speculating at just how much fighters earn at UFC 249, you don’t need to do anymore guesswork.

It’s been revealed that Tony Ferguson topped all fighters’ pay, even though fans will remember Ferguson as the one who was brutally stopped by Justin Gaethje in the fifth round of the interim lightweight title showdown. Ferguson earned $500,000 USD while Gaethje took home just $350,000, along with the interim UFC lightweight championship.

Henry Cejudo may have shocked the world with his announcement of retiring from MMA, but he didn’t go home empty-handed, either. He earned $350,000 for what could be his final UFC event, while Dominick Cruz, who Cejudo stopped in the second-round, raked in $300,000 for his first fight in three and a half years.

And when it comes to the lowest payout, that title belongs to Yogan De Castro. Despite being featured on the PPV main card in the opening bout against former defensive NFL star Greg Hardy, De Castro still got the lowest payout of any fighter on the card with just $12,000. According to MMA Junkie, Gaethje and Ngannou were also awarded an additional $50,000 each for “Performance of the Night” and Gaethje and Ferguson were awarded $50,000 each for “Fight of the Night”.

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See the full list of UFC 249 fighter payouts below. As Dazn News reports, these figures do not include deductions such as insurances, licenses or taxes, nor do they included any PPV cuts, discretionary bonuses, sponsorship payouts or UFC 249 Promotional Guidelines pay. Simply indicating base salaries, it’s clear these aren’t something players would complain about.

UFC 249 Fighter Salaries

1. Tony Ferguson: $500,000

2. Justin Gaethje: $350,000

3. Henry Cejudo: $350,000

4. Anthony Pettis: $310,000

5. Dominick Cruz: $300,000

6. Francis Ngannou: $260,000

7. Donald Cerrone: $200,000

8. Greg Hardy: $180,000

9. Vicente Luque: $180,000

10. Aleksei Oleinik: $160,000

11. Calvin Kattar: $116,100

12. Carla Esparza: $102,000

13. Fabricio Werdum: $100,000

14. Jairzinho Rozenstruik: $80,000

15. Sam Alvey: $65,000

16. Michelle Waterson: $60,000

17. Niko Price: $57,000

18. Bryce Mitchell: $54,000

19. Ryan Spann: $50,000

20. Jeremy Stephens: $46,900

21. Charles Rosa: $24,000

22. Yorgan De Castro: $12,000

Via GQ Australia