At UFC 209, Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight king Tyron Woodley retained his title for a second time over Stephen Thompson, but he wasn't the card's highest earner.
After their close and contentious majority draw at UFC 205 last November, Woodley earned the close nod this time, taking a majority decision over “Wonderboy.” Monday, the Nevada Athletic Commission released the UFC 209 payouts, revealing that the “The Chosen One” netted $500,000, including a $100,000 win bonus for the victory. Thompson earned $380,000 and his win bonus would have been $180,000.
Despite his main event status, Woodley was the third highest earner on the card. In the evening's pay-per-view opener, former K-1 World Grand Prix champions Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt each took home $750,000 flat for their bout. Overeem knocked Hunt out in the third round with a pair of brutal knees.
UFC 209's co-main event bout, an interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, was canceled due to Nurmagomedov's difficult weight cut on Friday. Nurmagomedov was scheduled to make $500,000 flat with no win bonus, while Ferguson was to make $250,000 to show and $250,000 to win.
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 209 “Woodley vs. Thompson 2” Salaries
Tyron Woodley: $500,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Stephen Thompson: $380,000
David Teymur: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Lando Vannata: $25,000
Daniel Kelly: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Rashad Evans: $150,000
Cynthia Calvillo: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Amanda Bobby Cooper: $17,000
Alistair Overeem: $750,000 (no win bonus)
Mark Hunt: $750,000
Marcin Tybura: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira: $16,000
Darren Elkins: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Mirsad Bektic: $21,000
Iuri Alcantara: $68,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Luke Sanders: $12,000
Mark Godbeer: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Daniel Spitz: $12,000
Tyson Pedro: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Paul Craig: $12,000
Albert Morales: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Andre Soukhamthath: $10,000