The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for Sunday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale” event.
Despite losing to Stephen Thompson (pictured) in highlight reel fashion, Jake Ellenberger was by far the biggest winner on the paycheck front. Ellenberger scored $73,000 for merely stepping into the cage.
Thompson, meanwhile, made just $42,000, with half 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 sponsorship money paid by Reebok or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
MGGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas hosted Sunday’s event.
Here are the disclosed salaries for all of the card’s fighters:
(Total disclosed payroll: $596,000)
Josh Samman: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Caio Magalhaes: $20,000
Jerrod Sanders: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Russell Doane: $11,000
Trevor Smith: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Dan Miller: $25,000
George Sullivan: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Dominic Waters: $10,000
Willie Gates: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Darrell Montague: $10,000
Maximo Blanco: $41,400 ($18,400 to show, $23,000 to win)*
Mike De La Torre: $17,600 ()
Michelle Waterson: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Angela Magana: $10,000
Jorge Masvidal: $102,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)
Cezar Ferreira: $20,000
Michael Graves: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Vicente Luque: $10,000
Kamaru Usman: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Stephen Thompson: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Jake Ellenberger: $73,000