‘UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
July 13th, 2015

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The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all of the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor” event.

Conor McGregor (pictured) and Chad Mendes each received a flat $500,000 salary for merely stepping into the cage. However, the similarities end there.

In addition to leaving the octagon with the interim featherweight title, McGregor will also score a piece of the show’s rumored one million-plus pay-per-view buys. McGregor could possibly pocket around $4 million when it’s all said and done.

Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler made $300,000, which half of his paycheck coming via win bonus, for TKO’in Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.

MacDonald made $59,000.

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 sponsorship money paid by Reebok 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 189:

(Total disclosed payroll: $1,952,000)

Preliminary Card:

Cody Pfister: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Yosdenis Cedeno: $13,000

Louis Smolka: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Neil Seery: $15,000

Cody Garbrandt: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Henry Briones: $10,000

John Howard: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Defeated Cathal Pendred: $10,000

Alex Garcia: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Mike Swick: $48,000

Matt Brown: $92,000 ($46,000 to show, $46,000 to win)
Defeated Tim Means: $23,000

Main Card:

Thomas Almeida: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Brad Pickett: $30,000

Gunnar Nelson: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)
Defeated Brandon Thatch: $22,000

Jeremy Stephens: $72,000 ($32,000 to show, $40,000 win bonus)*
Defeated Dennis Bermudez: $34,000 ($26,000 to show, $8,000 from Stephens)

Robbie Lawler: $300,000 ($150,000 to show, $150,000 to win)
Defeated Rory MacDonald: $59,000

Conor McGregor: $500,000 (flat salary)
Defeated Chad Mendes: $500,000 (flat salary)

* – Stephens docked 20 percent ($8,000) of show money for missing weight, which went to Bermudez.

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