UFC 189 Salaries: Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes Top Payroll with $500K Checks

By Sherdog.com Staff Jul 13, 2015
Mendes and McGregor were each guaranteed half a million dollars. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Featherweight headliners Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes earned the largest paychecks at UFC 189, with each man pocketing a guaranteed $500,000 purse.

McGregor did not receive a win bonus for his interim title-winning second-round stoppage of Mendes, who would have also earned a flat $500,000 with a victory, according to figures released Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. UFC 189 took place July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The next highest earner on the card was UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who pocketed $300,000 for punching out Rory MacDonald ($59,000) in the fifth and final round of their championship affair.

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.

UFC 189 Salaries

Conor McGregor: $500,000
Chad Mendes: $500,000

Robbie Lawler: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
Rory MacDonald: $59,000

Jeremy Stephens: $72,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Dennis Bermudez: $34,000

Gunnar Nelson: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
Brandon Thatch: $22,000

Thomas Almeida: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Brad Pickett: $30,000

Matt Brown: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Tim Means: $23,000

Alex Garcia: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Mike Swick: $48,000

John Howard: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Cathal Pendred: $10,000

Cody Garbrandt: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Enrique Briones: $10,000

Louis Smolka: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Neil Seery: $15,000

Cody Pfister: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yosdenis Cedeno: $13,000


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