UFC Fight Night 81 salary report: Travis Browne and Dominick Cruz at the top of payroll

By Russell Ess - February 5, 2016

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.

Dominick Cruz

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.

Are there any fighters with pay that stick out in your mind? Share your thoughts on the salaries from Boston’s UFC Fight Night 81 in the comments.


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