Daniel Cormier may not have received the highest fighter salary at UFC 226, but holding two divisional titles simultaneously is something more significant.
Headliners Cormier and Stipe Miocic earned the biggest disclosed fighter salaries at UFC 226. After DC knocked out Miocic in the first round, he joins Conor McGregor in being a simultaneous two-division champion.
But before Saturday’s pay-per-view event, fighters were already guaranteed of their salaries, with additional payments if they win.
Miocic Takes Home the Highest Event Payout at UFC 226
Cormier obtained a flat disclosed payday of $500,000, as he successfully dethroned Miocic from his title.
Despite the loss of Miocic after defending his title for three times, he still tops the list of the highest fighter salary at UFC 226 with a flat rate of $750,000.
Miocic is a real class act, admitting that UFC 226 wasn’t his night. On his Twitter account, he said:
Tonight wasn’t my night. I’m feeling good. Thanks to all my fans for the support. Love you guys! See you back in The Land! pic.twitter.com/D2KUR4ex4d
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) July 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Derrick Lewis, who fought in the co-main event, earned $260,000 for defeating Ngannou. The bout between the co-headliners did not meet the expectation of many viewers and deemed as the worst fight on the card.
Even UFC President Dana White expressed his dismay over the 15-minute fight, saying it was an “abomination.”
Full List of UFC 226 Fighter Salaries
Aside from the main and co-main events, seven fighters from the pay-per-view event also brought with them a six-figure payout.
All in all, the total disclosed payout for the UFC 226 was $2,737,000.
The full list of fighter salaries (via MMAjunkie):
- Daniel Cormier: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Stipe Miocic: $750,000 (no win bonus)
- Derrick Lewis: $260,000 ($130,000 win bonus)
def. Francis Ngannou: $100,000
- Mike Perry: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Felder: $46,000
- Anthony Pettis: $289,400 ($135,000 win bonus, plus 30 percent of Chiesa’s pay)
def. Michael Chiesa: $25,600 (missed weight fined 30 percent)
- Khalil Rountree: $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus)
def. Gokhan Saki: $85,000
- Paulo Costa: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus)
def. Uriah Hall: $48,000
- Raphael Assuncao: $130,000 ($65,000 win bonus)
def. Rob Font: $33,000
- Drakkar Klose: $44,000 ($22,000 win bonus)
def. Landon Vannata: $25,000
- Curtis Millender: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Max Griffin: $20,000
- Dan Hooker: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Burns: $31,000
- Emily Whitmire: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Moyle: $12,000
Take note that these salaries don’t include fight-night bonus awards, sponsorship payments, or locker room bonuses. Their insurance, licenses and taxes are also not deducted from the amount.
These figures are their base salaries and the entire compensation of the UFC 226 fighters aren’t published.