‘UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
September 29th, 2014
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UFC Demetrious Johnson

The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the disclosed salaries for all the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso” event.

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (pictured) was the night’s highest earner. He scored $183,000, with $54,000 coming via win bonus, for submitting Chris Cariaso in the show’s featured attraction.

Cariaso made just $24K.

In just his fourth UFC fight, Conor McGregor pocketed $150,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus. That was good enough for second-largest paycheck of the card.

Not bad, but not great considering he’s “bigger than Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre.”

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 disclosed salaries for UFC 178:

(Total disclosed salary: $1,233,000)

Manny Gamburyan: $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus)
Defeated Cody Gibson: $10,000

Kevin Lee: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jon Tuck: $10,000

Brian Ebersole: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 win bonus)
Defeated John Howard: $21,000

Stephen Thompson: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 win bonus)
Defeated Patrick Cote: $33,000

Jorge Masvidal: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 win bonus)
Defeated James Krause: $15,000

Dominick Cruz: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus)
Defeated Takeya Mizugaki: $32,000

Main Card:

Cat Zingano: $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 win bonus)
Defeated Amanda Nunes: $15,000

Yoel Romero: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 win bonus)
Defeated Tim Kennedy: $70,000

Conor McGregor: $150,000 ($75,000 to show, $75,000 win bonus)
Defeated Dustin Poirier: $34,000

Donald Cerrone: $126,000 ($63,000 to show, $63,000 win bonus)
Defeated Eddie Alvarez: $100,000

Demetrious Johnson: $183,000 ($129,000 to show, $54,000 win bonus)
Defeated Chris Cariaso: $24,000

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