Life couldn’t be better for UFC featherweight Conor McGregor (pictured). He’s possibly the hottest name in the MMA game right now, and his paycheck is reflecting his stardom.
According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, the committee who sanctioned Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 59 event in Boston, McGregor made $170,000 (half coming via win bonus) for dominating Dennis Siver in the show’s featured attraction.
Siver walked away with $39,000.
Just to put things into perspective, McGregor made more for this fight than UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, arguably the UFC’s biggest mainstream superstar, did for beating Alexis Davis at UFC 175.
Rousey made just $120,000 in disclosed salary for that outing.
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 Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
TD Garden in Massachusetts hosted Sunday’s event.
Here are the disclosed salaries for UFC Fight Night 59 (courtesy of MMAWeekly):
Total disclosed payroll: $831,000
Joby Sanchez: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Defeated Tateki Matsuda: $8,000
Lorenz Larkin: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)
Defeated John Howard: $21,000
Charles Rosa: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Sean Soriano: $8,000
Johnny Case: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Frankie Perez: $8,000
Patrick Holohan: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Shane Howell: $8,000
Chris Wade: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Zhang Lipeng: $15,000
Sean O’Connell: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Matt Van Buren: $10,000
Cathal Pendred: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Defeated Sean Spencer: $14,000
Gleison Tibau: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Defeated Norman Parke: $20,000
Uriah Hall: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Defeated Ron Stallings: $10,000
Donald Cerrone: $146,000 ($73,000 to show, $73,000 to win)
Defeated Benson Henderson: $48,000
Conor McGregor: $170,000 ($85,000 to show, $85,000 to win)
Defeated Dennis Siver: $39,000