Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defended his UFC flyweight championship belt for the ninth consecutive time over the weekend and earned himself the highest payout from The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
Johnson beat the TUF season 24 tournament winner Tim Elliott by unanimous decision in a five-round title fight and earned himself $350,000 in doing so, according to MMA Junkie’s disclosed pay report from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Elliot earned $100,000 in his return to the UFC in the title fight competition. Johnson increased his earnings from his last title defense fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 where he earned $195,000, which included a $60,000 win bonus.
The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale full disclosed paydays:
Total disclosed payout: $1,242,000
Champ Demetrious Johnson: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tim Elliott: $100,000
Joseph Benavidez: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Cejudo: $50,000
Jorge Masvidal: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $78,000
Jared Cannonier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ion Cutelaba: $12,000
Sara McMann: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Alexis Davis: $27,000
Brandon Moreno: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Benoit: $15,000
Ryan Hall: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $51,000
Rob Font: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
def. Matt Schnell: $10,000
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan O’Reilly: $12,000
Jamie Moyle: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Kailin Curran: $20,000
Anthony Smith: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Elvis Mutapcic: $16,000
Devin Clark: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000
These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses, insurance, and taxes. In addition, the figures do not include sponsor pay, such as the official UFC-Reebok sponsorship program. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC may have paid to their fighters.
Sara McMann and Anthony Smith took an additional $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus home while Jared Cannonier and Ion Cutelaba each took home a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.
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