Demetrious Johnson came away from UFC 178 with the biggest paycheck. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson earned an event-high $183,000 purse for his title defense against Chris Cariaso at UFC 178.
Johnson used a second-round kimura to submit Cariaso, who pocketed $24,000 in “show” money for his outing Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday disclosed the card’s payroll information to Sherdog.com.
Featherweight phenom Conor McGregor collected the show’s second highest disclosed paycheck, earning a total of $150,000 for his first-round knockout of Dustin Poirier ($34,000).
Other high earners on the card included lightweight co-headliners Donald Cerrone ($126,000) and Eddie Alvarez ($100,000), and former bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz ($100,000).
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 178 Salaries
Demetrious Johnson: $183,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
Chris Cariaso: $24,000
Donald Cerrone: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
Eddie Alvarez: $100,000
Conor McGregor: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Dustin Poirier: $34,000
Yoel Romero: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
Tim Kennedy: $70,000
Cat Zingano: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
Amanda Nunes: $15,000
Dominick Cruz: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Takeya Mizugaki: $32,000
Jorge Masvidal: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
James Krause: $15,000
Stephen Thompson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $33,000
Brian Ebersole: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
John Howard: $21,000
Kevin Lee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jon Tuck: $10,000
Manny Gamburyan: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Cody Gibson: $10,000