UFC 197 salary report – Jon Jones remains one of UFC’s highest paid
UFC 197 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
The card was headlined with a UFC interim light heavyweight title fight between former champion Jon Jones and number six UFC ranked contender Ovince Saint Preux. Jones took the win in a five-round unanimous decision and ranked at the top of the pay scale of the card at $500,000 with no win bonus.
Demetrious Johnson took the second biggest paycheck of $195,000, which included a $60,000 win bonus after defeating Henry Cejudo in a flyweight title fight. Johnson put Cejudo away in the first round by TKO.
The full UFC 197 payouts via MMA Junkie included:
Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ovince Saint Preux: $55,000
Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Cejudo: $60,000
Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Natal: $41,000
Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Fili: $18,000
Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Kelades: $12,000
Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Dominique Steele: $12,000
Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Juliana Lima: $14,000
James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Glaico Franca: $17,000
Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cody East: $10,000
Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Clint Hester: $12,000
Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $18,000
The disclosed payroll for UFC 197 was $1,470,000.
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.
Demetrious Johnson and Yair Rodriguez took an additional $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus home while Danny Roberts and Dominique Steele each took home a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.