UFC 177 Fighter Salaries: TJ Dillashaw Tops List With $100,000

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After bantamweight title challenger Renan Barao was forced out of his rematch with champion TJ Dillashaw at this past weekend’s (Sat., August 30, 2014) UFC 177, the card was prematurely deemed as quite possibly the worst pay-per-view (PPV) event the UFC had ever aired.

However, the card delivered an exciting event from top to bottom, featuring four finishes on the main card capped off by a second straight fifth round knockout by Dillashaw, who knocked out late replacement Joe Soto in the card’s headliner.

Dillashaw not surprisingly topped off the list of salaries for the stripped down card with $100,000, not including an additional $50,000 for one of the evening’s “Performance of the Night” bonuses. Yancy Medeiros earned the second one for his second round technical submission of Damon Jackson, and Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. and Ramsey Nijem earned $50,000 apiece for “Fight of the Night,” which the undefeated Ferreira won by TKO.

The gritty Soto earned $20,000 for stepping in to challenge for the title in his UFC debut. Barao was not paid anything for missing weight and withdrawing.

The fighter with the second highest salary was Strikeforce vet Derek Brunson, who took home $44,000 for his smothering decision win over skidding striker Lorenz Larkin, who took home $28,000.

Here is a full list of disclosed UFC 177 salaries:

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
T.J. Dillashaw ($50,000 + $50,000 = $100,000) def. Joe Soto ($20,000)

Tony Ferguson ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Danny Castillo ($36,000)

Bethe Correia($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Shayna Baszler($8,000)

Carlos Diego Ferreira ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Ramsey Nijem ($18,000)

Yancy Medeiros ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Damon Jackson ($8,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Derek Brunson ($22,000 + $22,000 = $44,000) def. Lorenz Larkin ($28,000)

Anthony Hamilton($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Ruan Potts($10,000)

Chris Wade ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Cain Carrizosa ($8,000)

Disclaimer: These figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as sponsorship money and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

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