Cristiane Justino had a short night at the office at UFC 222, but she was nonetheless the event’s top earner.
According to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, “Cyborg” pocketed a flat $500,000 purse for her technical knockout victory over Yana Kunitskaya in the evening’s main event. The featherweight championship bout ended 3:25 into the opening frame. Kunitskaya, the former Invicta FC bantamweight queen, earned $100,000 in defeat.
Meanwhile, Brian Ortega took home $200,000 for his first-round knockout of Frankie Edgar ($195,000) in the co-headliner. Ortega will also receive the next featherweight title shot against Max Holloway by virtue of his victory.
Elsewhere, longtime heavyweight veteran Andrei Arlovski won his second straight fight, as he took a decision over Stefan Struve in a featured clash. “The Pit Bull” made $275,000 for the performance, which tied him with Frank Mir for the most victories in UFC history with 16. Struve, meanwhile, earned $77,000.
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 222 Salaries:
Cristiane Justino: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Yana Kunitskaya: $100,000
Brian Ortega: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Frankie Edgar: $195,000
Sean O'Malley: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
Andre Soukhamthath: $19,000
Andrei Arlovski: $275,000 (no win bonus)
Stefan Struve: $77,000
Ketlen Vieira: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Cat Zingano: $35,000
Mackenzie Dern: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Ashley Yoder: $12,000
Alexander Hernandez: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Beneil Dariush: $48,000
John Dodson: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
Pedro Munhoz: $34,000
C.B. Dolloway: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Hector Lombard: $62,000
Zak Ottow: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Mike Pyle: $55,000
Cody Stamann: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Bryan Caraway: $21,000
Jordan Johnson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Adam Milstead: $12,000