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‘UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw’ Salaries Released

Written by Tom Ngo
May 27th, 2014
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw” event.

Despite getting third-to-top billing on the card against Jake Ellenberger, welterweight Robbie Lawler (pictured) was the night’s highest earner with $200,000.

Daniel Cormier scored the second-highest payday with $170,000 for dominating Dan Henderson.

Former bantamweight champion Renan Barao, who lost his title to T.J. Dillashaw in the main event, made just $74,000. Dillashaw pocketed $36,000, with half of his check coming via win bonus.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas hosted Saturday’s event.

Here are the official salaries for UFC 173:

Total disclosed payroll: $1,024,000

Preliminary Card:

Jingliang Li: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Defeated David Michaud: $8,000

Mitch Clarke: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Al Iaquinta: $14,000

Sam Sicilia: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Aaron Phillips: $8,000

Vinc Pichel: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Defeated Anthony Njokuani: $20,000

Chris Holdsworth: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Chico Camus: $12,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Defeated Katsunori Kikuno: $10,000

Michael Chiesa: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Defeated Francisco Trinaldo: $12,000

Main Card:

James Krause: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Jamie Varner: $17,000

Takeya Mizugaki: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)
Defeated Francisco Rivera: $15,000

Robbie Lawler: $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Defeated Jake Ellenberger: $68,000

Daniel Cormier: $170,000 ($85,000 to show, $85,000 to win)
Defeated Dan Henderson: $100,000

TJ Dillashaw: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Defeated Renan Barão: $74,000

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