UFC Fight Night 81, which took place on Jan. 17 proved to be a night of exciting fights in Boston’s TD Garden. New UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and heavyweight Travis Browne were among the top earners of the fight card. The main card fights were featured on FS1 while the preliminary bouts were aired on UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, Dominick Cruz was able to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title with a split decision victory taking the belt from T.J. Dillashaw.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,189,000.
The full list of UFC Fight Night 81 paydays via MMA Junkie included:
Dominick Cruz: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. T.J. Dillashaw: $70,000
Eddie Alvarez: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Travis Browne: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Mitrione: $36,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Ross Pearson: $48,000
Patrick Cote: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Saunders: $18,000
Ed Herman: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $52,000
Chris Wade: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Mehdi Baghdad: $12,000
Luke Sanders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $25,000
Paul Felder: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Daron Cruickshank: $20,000
Ilir Latifi: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Sean O’Connell: $18,000
Charles Rosa: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Bochniak: $10,000
Rob Font: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joey Gomez: $10,000
Francimar Barroso: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Elvis Mutapcic: $18,000
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.
Ed Herman and Luke Sanders took an additional $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus home while Dominick Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw each took home a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.
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