TUF 25 salary report: Justin Gaethje tops payroll in UFC debut

July 11, 2017 1:25 pm by Evan Bell
Justin Gaethje

This past Friday in Las Vegas, fight fans tuned in to an action packed night of fights in Las Vegas for the ‘Ultimate Fighter: Redemption’ Finale, where TUF 25’s Jesse Taylor was crowned the winner of TUF nine years after earning his way to the Finale for the first time.

In addition, the main event of the card played host to the highly anticipated UFC debut of former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje, who piked up a thrilling 2nd round TKO win over Michael Johnson after nearly being finished in the first round of the pair’s grudge match.

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson

In the wake of the fights, MMAFighting received the salary report from the NAC:

Main card (FOX Sports 1)
Justin Gaethje ($100,000 + $100,000 = $200,000) def. Michael Johnson ($47,000)
Jesse Taylor ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Dhiego Lima ($15,000)
Drakkar Klose ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Marc Diakiese ($24,000)
Jared Cannonier ($50,000 + $50,000 = $100,000) def. Nick Roehrick ($12,000)
Brad Tavares ($34,000 + $34,000 = $68,000) def. Elias Theodorou ($24,000)
Jordan Johnson ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Marcel Fortuna ($14,000)

Preliminary card (FOX Sports 1)
Angela Hill ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Ashley Yoder ($12,000)
James Krause ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Tom Gillicchio ($10,000)
C.B. Dolloway ($43,000 + $43,000 = $86,000) def. Ed Herman ($54,000)
Tecia Torres ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Juliana Lima ($17,000)

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Gray Maynard ($51,000 + $51,000 = $102,000) def. Teruto Ishihara ($21,000)

As usual, the above-mentioned figures do not take into account side deals, sponsorship money, or ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses.

Jesse Taylor

It also is important to mention that TUF 25 winner Jesse Taylor was awarded $290,000 for his co-main event win over Diego Lima which saw Taylor submit his opponent early in the second round. With the $290,000 in prize money, Taylor ultimately left the event with a disclosed $320,000. In addition, Justin Gaethje earned himself a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, as well as $50,000 for his role in the ‘Fight of the Night’ brining his disclosed earnings for the event to $300,000, marking an extremely successful UFC debut for the former WSOF champion.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/11/2017.


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