Despite suffering his first Octagon loss on Saturday night, Conor McGregor took home a record $1 million dollars in disclosed pay for his performance in the main event of UFC 196 in Las Vegas.
McGregor earned a flat million in “show” money with no potential win bonus, according to an official pay sheet from the Nevada Athletic Commission. The payout makes McGregor the first UFC fighter to break the million-dollar mark for a single disclosed fight purse. Nate Diaz, who upset the UFC featherweight champion with a rear-naked choke submission in the second round, took home a guaranteed $500,000 with no win bonus.
Holly Holm lost her UFC women’s bantamweight title but earned a flat $500,000 purse in defeat. That paycheck was more than five times that of new champion Miesha Tate, who nabbed $92,000 for choking out Holm in the fifth round of their back-and-forth encounter.
Other high earners at the event included lightweights Diego Sanchez ($150,000) and Jim Miller ($59,000), as well as featherweight Darren Elkins ($74,000) and women’s bantamweight contender Amanda Nunes ($56,000).
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.
UFC 196 Salaries:
Nate Diaz: $500,000
Conor McGregor: $1,000,000
Miesha Tate: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Holly Holm: $500,000
Ilir Latifi: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Gian Villante: $36,000
Corey Anderson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Tom Lawlor: $28,000
Amanda Nunes: $56,000 (includes $28,000)
Valentina Shevchenko: $14,000
Siyar Bahadurzada: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Nordine Taleb: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Erick Silva: $34,000
Vitor Miranda: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Marcelo Guimaraes: $13,000
Darren Elkins: $74,000 ($37,000 win bonus)
Chas Skelly: $21,000
Diego Sanchez: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Jim Miller: $59,000
Jason Saggo: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Justin Salas: $16,000
Teruto Ishihara: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Julian Erosa: $12,000