‘TUF 20’ Finale Salaries: Charles Oliveira, Carla Esparza Lead $425K Payroll

By Sherdog.com Staff Dec 15, 2014
Charles Oliveira’s weigh-in mishap cost him 10 percent of his purse. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Charles Oliveira earned an event-high $54,000 for his victory against Jeremy Stephens ($40,000) at last Friday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 20” Finale, though not all of that money went home with the Brazilian.

Oliveira forfeited 10 percent of his purse to Stephens as a penalty for missing weight for their 145-pound co-main event at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Sherdog.com obtained a list of the disclosed payouts from the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday.

Carla Esparza, who became the first UFC women’s strawweight champion by submitting Rose Namajunas in the show’s headliner, pocketed $50,000 for her title-winning performance. Namajunas earned $25,000 in defeat.

Other top earners on the show included K.J. Noons, who took home a $31,000 “show” purse for his no-contest bout with Daron Cruickshank, and Yancy Medeiros, who banked $30,000 for his first-round submission of Joe Proctor. All remaining cast members from “TUF 20” who competed on the card fought for “eight and eight,” with an $8,000 show purse and an $8,000 win bonus.

Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.

‘The Ultimate Fighter 20’ Finale Salaries

Carla Esparza: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Rose Namajunas: $25,000

Charles Oliveira: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Jeremy Stephens: $40,000

Daron Cruickshank: $17,000
K.J. Noons: $31,000

Yancy Medeiros: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Joe Proctor: $10,000

Jessica Penne: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Randa Markos: $8,000

Felice Herrig: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Lisa Ellis: $8,000

Heather Clark: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Bec Rawlings: $8,000

Joanne Calderwood: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Seo Hee Ham: $8,000

Tecia Torres: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Angela Magana: $8,000

Aisling Daly: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Alex Chambers: $8,000

Angela Hill: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Emily Kagan: $8,000


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