UFC on Fox 17 was a stellar event for the promotion to end the year. It had a lot of big fights, a great title fight, and also some big wins for potential future contenders in their respective division.
A whole list of the salaries can be seen at the bottom, but there are some interesting things to note in the salaries themselves. For example, dos Anjos and Cerrone fought two years ago at UFC Fight Night 27 where Cerrone pulled in $48,000 and dos Anjos took home $40,000(which included a $20,000 winning bonus). Now, Cerrone’s base pay is $79,000 even in a loss which is up $3,000 from his last fight. Anjou had the biggest surge in pay with now taking home $300,000 win or lose.
Alistair Overeem and Nate Diaz both fought at UFC 141 which took place nearly four years ago. In that span, Diaz has taken a big pay cut. He only won $40,000 for a win where he made $74,000 in a win over Cerrone four years ago. This means his base pay for that fight was $3,000 less then what he won in a win in this bout. Reversely, Overeem look home a little over $385,000 for his win over Brock Lesnar and his win over dos Santos netted him nearly $550,000 even though his has not had the biggest win and loss record in the UFC.
At the height of his title run, JDS took home $200,000 for his win over Frank Mir at UFC 146. Since that fight, he has gone 2-3 and now takes home $400,000 for a loss. This just shows that fighters have had a significant raise in pay despite what people say about the UFC in contrast. The proof is i the newcomers where Francis Ngannou took home $10,000 as a base pay and for a win. Just a year ago, newcomers to the promotion were making $8,000 to fight that means they are making $2,000 to fight this equates to a 25% percent increase in pay and what other job gives their workers a 25% bump in pay.
Rafael dos Anjos: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Donald Cerrone $79,000
Alistair Overeem: $542,857 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Junior dos Santos: $400,000
Nate Diaz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $30,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $12,000
Charles Oliveira: $66,600 (includes $37,000 win bonus)*
def. Myles Jury: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. C.B. Dollaway: $40,000
Valentina Shevchenko: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $22,000
Tamdan McCrory: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Samman: $10,000
Nik Lentz: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $39,000
Cole Miller: $33,000
fought to a no contest with Jim Alers: $10,000
Kamaru Usman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leon Edwards: $15,000
Vicente Luque: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luis Henrique: $10,000
* The FSBC deducted 20 percent of Oliveira’s purse for failing to make weight.