UFC on ESPN 9 Salaries: Tyron Woodley Earns Event-High $200K in Defeat

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 1, 2020


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Tyron Woodley didn’t get the victory at UFC on ESPN 9, but he was the highest-paid fighter on the card.

Woodley, a former UFC champion, earned $200,000 in a unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Burns ($168,000) in Saturday’s welterweight headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission released salaries from the event on Monday.

Two other fighters from Saturday’s card garnered six-figure paydays: Augusto Sakai ($100,000), who captured a split verdict against Blagoy Ivanov ($60,000) in a heavyweight contest, and former flyweight title challenger Katlyn Chookagian ($124,000), who scored a dominant decision triumph over Antonina Shevchenko ($35,000) in a preliminary affair.

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 on ESPN 9 Salaries:

Gilbert Burns: $168,000 (includes $84,000 win bonus)
Tyron Woodley: $200,000

Augusto Sakai: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Blagoy Ivanov: $60,000

Billy Quarantillo: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Spike Carlyle: $12,0000

Roosevelt Roberts: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
Brok Weaver: $12,000

Mackenzie Dern: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Hannah Cifers: $25,000

Katlyn Chookagian: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Antonina Shevchenko: $35,000

Daniel Rodriguez: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Gabriel Green: $12,000

Jamahal Hill: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Klidson Abreu: $18,000

Brandon Royval: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Tim Elliott: $31,000

Casey Kenney: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Louis Smolka: $48,000

Chris Gutierrez: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Vince Morales: $20,000

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