The full list of disclosed fighter salaries for this past Saturday’s (Dec. 6, 2014) UFC 181 from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada has been released, and newly crowned welterweight champion Robbie Lawler ranked as the top earner with $220,000.
Former champions Johny Hendricks earned $150,000 earned $250,000 for his narrow decision loss to Lawler.
In the co-main event, champion Anthony Pettis and challenger Gilbert Melendez both earned $200,000 for the bout, which “Showtime” won with a second round guillotine choke. It’s interesting to note that Melendez made the same as the already crowned champion, a testament to just how well his threatened move to Bellator played out for “El Nino.”
But Pettis is the champ and headed for superstardom, with many more massive paydays set for the near future.
Here is the full list of disclosed UFC 181 fighter salaries:
Robbie Lawler: $220,000 ($110,000 to show, $110,000 to win)
Johny Hendricks: $150,000
Lawler def. Hendricks via split decision
Anthony Pettis: $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Gilbert Melendez: $200,000
Pettis def. Melendez via submission
Travis Browne: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Brendan Schaub: $32,000
Browne def. Schaub via technical knockout
Todd Duffee: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Anthony Hamilton: $10,000
Duffee def. Hamilton via knockout
Tony Ferguson: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Abel Trujillo: $14,000
Ferguson def. Trujillo via submission
Urijah Faber: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Francisco Rivera: $20,000
Faber def. Rivera via submission
Josh Samman: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Eddie Gordon: $15,000
Samman def. Gordon via knockout
Corey Anderson: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Justin Jones: $8,000
Anderson def. Jones via unanimous decision
Raquel Pennington: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Ashlee Evans-Smith: $8,000
Pennington def. Evans-Smith via submission
Sergio Pettis: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Matt Hobar: $10,000
Pettis def. Hobar via unanimous decision
Clay Collard: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Alex White: $10,000
Collard def. White via unanimous decision
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 181 was $1,317,000.
Disclaimer: Salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments and also do not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
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