‘The Ultimate Fighter 23’ Finale Salaries: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Rakes in Event-High $210,000

By Brian Knapp Jul 11, 2016
Joanna Jedrzejczyk still has the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight title around her waist and a fattened bank account to go along with it.

Jedrzejczyk pulled in a $210,000 purse, as she successfully defended her 115-pound crown with a unanimous decision over archrival Claudia Gadelha in “The Ultimate Fighter 23” Finale on Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old Polish star overcame early adversity to outstrike and outpoint Gadelha over the final three rounds. Nova Uniao’s Gadelha earned $100,000 in her failed title bid.

Meanwhile, former Bellator MMA champion Will Brooks banked $100,000 in his promotional debut, as he claimed a unanimous verdict from “The Ultimate Fighter 9” winner Ross Pearson in a featured lightweight pairing. Pearson pocketed $54,000 for his efforts.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday released disclosed salaries for the event. A full rundown follows:

‘The Ultimate Fighter 23’ Finale Disclosed Salaries


Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $210,000
Claudia Gadelha: $100,000

Andrew Sanchez: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Khalil Rountree: $15,000

Tatiana Suarez: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Amanda Bobby Cooper: $15,000

Doo Ho Choi: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Thiago Tavares: $37,000

Joaquim Silva: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Andrew Holbrook: $12,000

Kevin Lee: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Jake Matthews: $22,000

Gray Maynard: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
Fernando Bruno: $12,000

Matheus Nicolau Pereira: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
John Moraga: $28,000

Josh Stansbury: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Cory Hendricks: $10,000

Cezar Ferreira: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Anthony Smith: $15,000

Will Brooks: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Ross Pearson: $54,000

Jingliang Li: $24,000 (includes $12,000)
Anton Zafir: $10,000

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 fighters may acquire for their performance.

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