Woodley earned a majority decision after five close rounds of combat that some felt could have gone in favor of Thompson. Both men earned a significant payday but were not the earners of the highest guaranteed salaries for their fight. Woodley earned a $400,000 guaranteed fight purse with a $100,000 win bonus. Thompson earned $380,000 for his title fight competition. This does not include any pay-per-view compensation that is typical of a UFC championship fight.
The highest guaranteed earners of the night were Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt who both cashed in a $750,000 guaranteed fight purse with no eligible win bonus.
Additionally, Tony Ferguson received a portion of his $250,000 pay to show as his UFC interim title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov was canceled due to Nurmagomedov being hospitalized due to weight management medical issues. Ferguson told MMA Junkie that he received less than half of his $250,000 show purse. Ferguson had a $250,000 win bonus structured for his fight while Nurmagomedov would have earned a guaranteed $500,000.
Full UFC 209 fight salaries from the Nevada Athletic Commission reported by MMA Fighting:
Tyron Woodley ($400,000 + $100,000 = $500,000) def. Stephen Thompson ($380,000)
David Teymur ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Lando Vannata ($25,000)
Daniel Kelly ($27,000 + $27,000 = $54,000) def. Rashad Evans ($150,000)
Cynthia Calvillo ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Amanda Cooper ($17,000)
Alistair Overeem ($750,000 + no win bonus = $750,000) def. Mark Hunt ($750,000)
Preliminary FOX Sports 1 Card
Marcin Tybura ($36,000 + $36,000 = $72,000) def. Luis Henrique ($16,000)
Darren Elkins ($46,000 + $46,000 = $92,000) def. Mirsad Bektic ($21,000)
Iuri Alcantara ($34,000 + $34,000 = $68,000) def. Luke Sanders ($12,000)
Mark Godbeer ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Daniel Spitz ($12,000)
Preliminary UFC Fight Pass Card
Tyson Pedro ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Paul Craig ($12,000)
Albert Morales ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Andre Soukhamthath ($10,000)
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 oftentimes pays to their fighters.
David Teymur, Lando Vannata, Darren Elkins, and Iuri Alcantara took home an additional $50,000 fight night performance bonuses.
This story has been updated to reflect Tony Ferguson’s statement on his UFC 209 pay.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/6/2017.