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UFC 170 Fighter Salaries: Daniel Cormier Bests Ronda Rousey on Disclosed Payroll

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Daniel-Cormier-UFC-170-Post-PressUFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey maintained her stranglehold on the division with a first-round stoppage of fellow former Olympian Sara McMann on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Watch highlights of the Rousey vs. McMann fight here.)

Daniel Cormier made his successful light heavyweight debut in the night’s co-main event, quickly stopping short-notice replacement Patrick Cummins, who subbed in for an injured Rashad Evans. (Watch highlights of the Cormier vs. Cummins fight here.)

Despite being in the supporting co-main event, it was Cormier, not Rousey, that topped the UFC 170 list of fighter salaries that the Nevada State Athletic Commission released to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.

Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

UFC 170 Fighter Salaries

Ronda Rousey: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Sara McMann: $16,000

Daniel Cormier: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cummins: $8,000

Rory MacDonald: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Demian Maia: $64,000

Mike Pyle: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. TJ Waldburger: $18,000

Stephen Thompson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Robert Whittaker: $15,000

Alexis Davis: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Jessica Eye: $8,000

Raphael Assuncao: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Pedro Munhoz: $8,000

Aljamain Sterling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Gibson: $8,000

Zach Makovsky: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Sampo: $10,000

Erik Koch: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Rafaello Oliveira: $14,000

Ernest Chavez: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Yosdenis Cedeno: $8,000

UFC 170 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $843,000

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