Sage Northcutt is only two fights into his UFC career, and already the unbeaten lightweight prospect is outearning Octagon veterans.
Northcutt took home a disclosed paycheck of $80,000 for his undercard win at UFC Fight Night “Namajunas vs. VanZant” on Dec. 10, according to payout figures released Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The 19-year-old Texan secured his victory via second-round guillotine choke against heavy underdog Cody Pfister, who earned $12,000 in defeat.
The show’s second-highest earner was co-main event winner Michael Chiesa, who doubled his base salary of $30,000 by tapping Jim Miller with a second-round rear-naked choke. Women’s strawweight up-and-comer Rose Namajunas earned $54,000 for her career-best performance against Paige VanZant ($40,000) in the evening’s headliner.
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 Fight Night ‘Namajunas vs. VanZant’ Salaries:
Rose Namajunas: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Paige VanZant: $40,000
Michael Chiesa: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Jim Miller: $56,000
Sage Northcutt: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Cody Pfister: $12,000
Thiago Santos: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Elias Theodorou: $20,000
Tim Means: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
John Howard: $27,000
Sergio Moraes: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Omari Akhmedov: $14,000
Kevin Casey: $12,000
Antonio Carlos Jr.: $19,000
Aljamain Sterling: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Johnny Eduardo: $14,000
Santiago Ponzinibbio: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Andreas Stahl: $10,000
Danny Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Nathan Coy: $10,000
Zubaira Tukhugov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Phillipe Nover: $14,000
Kailin Curran: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Emily Kagan: $10,000