‘TUF 25’ Finale Salaries: Former WSOF Champ Justin Gaethje Earns $200K in UFC Debut

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 11, 2017

Justin Gaethje took home a nice paycheck for his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

The former World Series of Fighting titlist pocketed an event-high $200,000 for his second-round technical knockout victory over Michael Johnson ($47,000) in “The Ultimate Fighter” 25 finale headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this past Friday night. The Nevada Athletic Commission released salaries from the event on Tuesday.

That disclosed figure doesn’t include the $100,000 worth of post-fight bonuses Gaethje garnered for his performance in one of the best fights thus far in 2017. Gaethje made as much as $100,000 in disclosed earnings per fight during his tenure as WSOF champ.

The second-highest payday at the “TUF 25” finale belonged to former lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard ($102,000), who mauled Teruto Ishihara ($21,000) in a dominant unanimous decision triumph at 145 pounds. Jared Cannonier was the only other fighter to reach six figures, as he garnered $100,000 for a decision win against short notice foe Nick Roehrick ($12,000).

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 25” Finale Salaries:
Justin Gaethje: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Michael Johnson: $47,000

Jesse Taylor: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Dhiego Lima: $15,000

Drakkar Klose: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Marc Diakiese: $24,000

Jared Cannonier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Nick Roehrick: $12,000

Brad Tavares: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
Elias Theodorou: $24,000

Jordan Johnson: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Marcel Fortuna: $14,000

Angela Hill: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Ashley Yoder: $12,000

James Krause: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Tom Gallicchio: $10,000

C.B. Dollaway: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
Ed Herman: $54,000

Tecia Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Juliana Lima: $17,000

Gray Maynard: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
Teruto Ishihara: $21,000


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