UFC 226 Salaries: Heavyweight Headliners Miocic ($750K), Cormier ($500K) Top Event Payroll

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 8, 2018

The combatants in Saturday’s heavyweight superfight at UFC 226 were also the event’s top earners.

Daniel Cormier became the second fighter in promotion history to hold titles in two divisions with his first-round knockout of Stipe Miocic in the UFC 226 headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The end came 4:33 into the opening stanza, as “DC” floored his opponent with a right hook and sealed his victory with a series of hammerfists on the mat.

Cormier banked $500,000 in victory, while Miocic made $750,000 – the most of anyone on the card – in defeat, according to figures released by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Neither Cormier nor Miocic were slated to receive a win bonus.

Five other fighters from UFC 226 garnered six-figure purses: Derrick Lewis ($260,000), Francis Ngannou ($100,000), Anthony Pettis ($289,400), Paulo Henrique Costa ($110,000) and Rafael Assuncao ($130,000).

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 226 Salaries:

Daniel Cormier: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Stipe Miocic: $750,000 (no win bonus)

Derrick Lewis: $260,000 (includes $130,000 win bonus)
Francis Ngannou: $100,000

Mike Perry: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
Paul Felder: $46,000

Anthony Pettis: $289,400 ($135,000 win bonus)
Michael Chiesa: $25,600*

Khalil Rountree: $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus)
Gokhan Saki: $85,000

Paulo Henrique Costa: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus)
Uriah Hall: $48,000

Raphael Assuncao: $130,000 ($60,000 win bonus)
Rob Font: $33,000

Drakkar Klose: $44,000 ($22,000 win bonus)
Lando Vannata: $25,000

Curtis Millender: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
Max Griffin: $20,000

Dan Hooker: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Burns: $31,000

Emily Whitmire: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Jamie Moyle: $12,000

*Chiesa missed weight and forfeited 30 percent of his purse to Pettis.


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