‘TUF 21’ Finale Salaries: Masvidal Leads Pay with $102K; Ellenberger Earns $73K in Defeat

By Sherdog.com Staff Jul 13, 2015
Jorge Masvidal moved up in weight but retained his knockout power. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Jorge Masvidal pocketed an event-high $102,000 for his knockout of Cezar Ferreira ($20,000) at Sunday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 21” Finale in Las Vegas.

The American Top Team product earned a “show” purse of $51,000 which was doubled when he punched and elbows Ferreira into unconciousness late in the first round of their welterweight encounter. Payroll figures from the event were released on Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Jake Ellenberger took home the second-highest paycheck on the card, despite being knocked out in spectacular fashion by Stephen Thompson in the show’s main event. The veteran Ellenberger got a guaranteed $73,000 in show money, while rising star Thompson nabbed $42,000 (including a $21,000 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 21’ Finale Salaries

Stephen Thompson: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Jake Ellenberger: $73,000

Kamaru Usman: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Hayder Hassan: $10,000

Michael Graves: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Vicente Luque: $10,000

Jorge Masvidal: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
Cezar Ferreira: $20,000

Michelle Waterson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Angela Magana: $10,000

Maximo Blanco: $41,400 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Mike de la Torre: $17,600

Josh Samman: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Caio Magalhaes: $20,000

Jerrod Sanders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Russell Doane: $11,000

Trevor Smith: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Dan Miller: $25,000

George Sullivan: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Dominic Waters: $10,000

Willie Gates: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Darrell Montague: $10,000


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