The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the disclosed salaries for all of the athletes who competed in Saturday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale” event.
As expected, reigning UFC flyweight king Demetrious Johnson (pictured) was the card’s highest earner … by a mile.
Johnson pocketed a flat $350,000 salary for beating a surprisingly game Tim Elliot in the show’s featured attraction. Elliot, who won the TUF 24 tournament to get a crack at Johnson, scored $100,000 for his troubles.
Former flyweight top contender Joseph Benavidez was the night’s second-highest paid fighter, making $140,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus, for his controversial split decision win over Henry Cejudo in the co-main event.
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 Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
The TUF 24 Finale took place inside The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here are the disclosed salaries from Saturday’s fights:
Devin Clark: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Josh Stansbury: $12,000
Anthony Smith: $30,000 ($15,000 to show/$15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Elvis Mutapcic: $16,000
Jamie Moyle: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Kailin Curran: $20,000
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Brendan O’Reilly: $12,000
Rob Font: $33,000 ($16,500 to show/$16,500 win bonus)
Defeated Matt Schnell: $10,000
Ryan Hall: $34,000 ($17,000 to show/$17,000 win bonus)
Defeated Gray Maynard: $51,000
Brandon Moreno: $24,000 ($12,000 to show/$12,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ryan Benoit: $15,000
Sara McMann: $56,000 ($28,000 to show/$28,000 win bonus)
Defeated Alexis Davis: $27,000
Jared Cannonier: $24,000 ($12,000 to show/$12,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ion Cutelaba: $12,000
Jorge Masvidal: $120,000 ($60,000 to show/$60,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jake Ellenberger: $78,000
Joseph Benavidez: $140,000 ($70,000 to show/$70,000 win bonus)
Defeated Henry Cejudo: $50,000
Demetrious Johnson: $350,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Tim Elliott: $100,000