Anthony Johnson (pictured) may have left Las Vegas without the light heavyweight title, but that doesn’t mean Johnson left UFC 187 empty handed. As a matter of fact, Johnson bolted with a duffle bag full of cash.
On Tuesday, the Nevada Athletic Commission revealed the disclosed salaries for all the contestants who competed in Saturday’s event. Johnson was tied with middleweight champion Chris Weidman as the night’s highest earner with a flat salary of $500,000.
Cormier, who submitted Johnson in the main event to capture the vacant light heavyweight crown, made $180,000 (with half coming via win bonus).
Weidman equaled Johnson in disclosed take home pay, but he needed the assistance of a $250,000 win bonus to get there. Weidman will also score a percentage of UFC 187’s pay-per-view buys, so “All-American” will earn far more in the end.
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 UFC 187’s official salaries:
Total disclosed salary: $2.452 million
Islam Makhachev: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Leo Kuntz ($10,000)
Justin Scoggins: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Josh Sampo ($13,000)
Colby Covington: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Mike Pyle ($51,000)
Rafael Natal: $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 to win)
Defated Uriah Hall ($14,000)
Dong Hyun Kim: $116,000 ($58,000 to show, $58,000 to win)
Defeated Josh Burkman ($45,000)
John Dodson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Defeated Zach Makovsky ($19,000)
Joseph Benavidez: $106,000 ($53,000 to show, $53,000 to win)
Defeated John Moraga ($28,000)
Andrei Arlovski: $84,000 ($42,000 to show, $42,000 to win)
Defeated Travis Browne ($60,000)
Donald Cerrone: $152,000 ($76,000 to show, $76,000 to win)
Defeated John Makdessi ($30,000)
Chris Weidman: $500,000 ($250,000 to show, $250,000 to win)
Defeated Vitor Belfort ($300,000)
Daniel Cormier: $180,000 ($90,000 to show, $90,000 to win)
Defeated Anthony Johnson ($500,000)