UFC 196 Salaries: Conor McGregor Earns $1 Million; Nate Diaz, Holly Holm Pocket $500K

By Sherdog.com Staff Mar 5, 2016

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


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