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‘UFC 197: Jones vs. St. Preux’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
April 25th, 2016
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The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official disclosed salaries for all of the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 197: Jones vs. St. Preux” event.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion turned freshly-minted interim light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (pictured) was the night’s highest earner with a flat $500,000 salary for meeting Ovince St. Preux in the show’s featured attraction.

St. Preux received a disclosed payday of $55,000.

Reigning flyweight king Demetrious Johnson made $195,000, with $60,000 coming via win bonus, for plastering Henry Cejudo in the co-main event.

Cejudo pocketed $60,000.

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.

Because St. Preux accepted to meet Jones on just 21 days’ notice, best believe the former football player walked away with more than just $55K.

MGM Grand Garden Arena hosted Saturday’s event.

Here are the official disclosed salaries for UFC 197 (courtesy of MMAJunkie.com):

Preliminary Card:

Kevin Lee: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Efrain Escudero: $18,000

Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Clint Hester: $12,000

Walt Harris: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Cody East: $10,000

James Vick: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Glaico Franca: $17,000

Carla Esparza: $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Defeated Juliana Lima: $14,000

Danny Roberts: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Dominique Steele: $12,000

Sergio Pettis: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Chris Kelades: $12,000

Main Card:

Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Defeated Andre Fili: $18,000

Robert Whittaker: $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Defeated Rafael Natal: $41,000

Edson Barboza: $88,000 ($44,000 to show, $44,000 to win)
Defeated Anthony Pettis: $80,000

Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 ($135,000 to show, $60,000 to win)
Defeated Henry Cejudo: $60,000

Jon Jones: $500,000 (flat salary)
Defeated Ovince St. Preux: $55,000

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