‘TUF 28’ Finale Salaries: Usman ($150K), Dos Anjos ($110K), Benavidez ($146K) Top Payroll

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 3, 2018

Kamaru Usman, Rafael dos Anjos and Joseph Benavidez all received six-figure paydays for their work at "The Ultimate Fighter 28" finale finale this past Friday.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released salaries from the card, which took place at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas. Usman earned an event-high $150,000 for his five-round verdict against dos Anjos in the evening’s welterweight headliner. Dos Anjos pocketed $110,000 in defeat.

Elsewhere, two-time flyweight title challenger Benavidez garnered $146,000 for a first-round technical knockout stoppage of Alex Perez ($22,000) in a preliminary contest. Meanwhile, 18-time Octagon veteran Tim Means was the card’s other notable earner, as he took home $98,000 for a TKO triumph against Rickey Rainey ($14,000) in a preliminary welterweight scrap.

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.

“The Ultimate Fighter 28” Finale Salaries:

Kamaru Usman: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Rafael dos Anjos: $110,000

Juan Francisco Espino Dieppa: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Justin Frazier: $15,000

Macy Chiasson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Pannie Kianzad: $15,000

Pedro Munhoz: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
Bryan Caraway: $21,000

Edmen Shahbazyan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Darren Stewart: $22,000

Antonina Shevchenko: $36,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Ji Yeon Kim: $14,000*

Kevin Aguilar: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Rick Glenn: $20,000**

Joseph Benavidez: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
Alex Perez: $22,000

Maurice Green: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Michel Batista: $10,000

Leah Letson: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Julia Stoliarenko: $10,000

Roosevelt Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Darrell Horcher: $15,000

Tim Means: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
Ricky Rainey: $14,000

Raoni Barcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Chris Gutierrez: $10,000

*Kim forfeited $6,000 of her show money to Shevchenko for missing weight
**Glenn forfeited $5,000 of his show money to Aguilar for missing weight


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