Frankie Edgar (pictured) was the highest earner at Friday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale” event, and it wasn’t even close.
Edgar scored $360,000, with half coming via win bonus, for knocking out Chad Mendes in the show’s featured attraction. Mendes, meanwhile, made $82,000.
Tony Ferguson was the card’s second-highest paid fighter at $100,000, with half of his paycheck coming by way of win bonus. So, Edgar made more than 3.5 times than anyone else in the lineup.
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.
UFC Fight Night 80 took place inside Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here are the official disclosed salaries for TUF 22 Finale:
Total disclosed payroll: $1,048,000
Chris Gruetzemacher: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeats Abner Lloveras: $10,000
Geane Herrera: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeats Joby Sanchez: $10,000
Ryan LaFlare: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Defeats Mike Pierce: $34,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $76,000 ($38,000 to show, $38,000 to win)
Defeats Konstantin Erokhin: $10,000
Julian Erosa: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeats Marcin Wrzosek: $10,000
Tatsuya Kawajiri: $52,000 ($30 to show, $21,000 to win)
Defeats Jason Knight: $12,000
Evan Dunham: $68,000 ($34,000 to show, $34,000 to win)
Defeats Joe Lauzon: $54,000
Tony Ferguson: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Defeats Edson Barboza: $44,000
Ryan Hall: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeats Artem Lobov: $10,000
Frankie Edgar: $360,000 ($180,000 to show, $180,000 to win)
Defeats Chad Mendes: $82,000