Conor McGregor (pictured) proved once again this past weekend that it’s great to be king. After disposing of Jose Aldo, the most decorated featherweight in MMA history, in just 13 seconds to unify the UFC featherweight title, McGregor walked away from UFC 194 as the game’s biggest superstar.
Oh, he also left Las Vegas as the event’s highest earner. McGregor scored a flat $500,000 salary for his brief outing on Saturday night.
Aldo, meanwhile, made $400,000. “Scarface” would have earned another $100,000 had he won.
Freshly-minted middleweight champ Luke Rockhold scored $160,000, with half coming via win bonus, for dethroning Chris Weidman in the co-main event. “All-American pocketed $275,000, but could have doubled that with a victory.
UFC 194 is expected to top one million pay-per-view buys. Aldo, McGregor, Weidman and possibly Rockhold will each get a piece of that pie.
Veteran Urijah Faber was the show’s second-highest paid fighter at $300,000 after squeaking past Frankie Saenz in a preliminary bout.
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.
MGGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas hosted Saturday’s event.
Here are the official discloses salaries for UFC 194:
Total disclosed payroll: $2,568,000
Court McGee: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Marcio Alexandre Jr.: $12,000
Yancy Medeiros: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Defeated John Makdessi: $30,000
Magomed Mustafaev: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Joe Proctor: $13,000
Leonardo Santos: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Defeated Kevin Lee: $21,000
Warlley Alves: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Defeated Colby Covington: $18,000
Tecia Torres: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Urijah Faber: $300,000 ($150,000 to show, $150,000 to win)
Defeated Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Max Holloway: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Defeated Jeremy Stephens: $43,000
Demian Maia: $156,000 ($78,000 to show, $78,000 to win)
Defeated Gunnar Nelson: $75,000
Yoel Romero: $150,000 ($125,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Defeated Ronaldo Souza: $135,000
Luke Rockhold: $160,000 ($80,000 to show, $80,000 to win)
Defeated Chris Weidman: $275,000
Conor McGregor: $500,000 ($500,000 to show)
Defeated Jose Aldo: $400,000