UFC 173 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll at $200,000

May 27, 2014
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Robbie LawlerWhether it ranks at the top of the list or not is arguable, but TJ Dillashaw on Saturday night toppled Renan Barão to capture the UFC bantamweight championship. Barão hadn’t lost in his previous 33 bouts, but Dillashaw rocked him in the opening round of their fight and then dominated en route to a fifth-round TKO stoppage.

Dillashaw’s contracted pay for the fight – just $36,000 including his win bonus – may seem a little low for a championship bout, but he was also awarded Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses totaling $100,000.

Even in losing, however, Barão’s $74,000 show money more than doubled Dillashaw’s disclosed contracted pay.

But even Barão did not top the payroll. That honor went to Robbie Lawler, who was paid $200,000 for defeating Jake Ellenberger. He was followed by Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday revealed the full UFC 173 fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com. The event took place on Saturday, May 24, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 173 Fighter Salaries

TJ Dillashaw: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Renan Barão: $74,000

Daniel Cormier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Henderson: $100,000

Robbie Lawler: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $68,000

Takeya Mizugaki: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $15,000

James Krause: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Varner: $17,000

Michael Chiesa: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Trinaldo: $12,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Katsunori Kikuno: $10,000

Chris Holdsworth: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Chico Camus: $12,000

Mitch Clarke: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Al Iaquinta: $14,000

Vinc Pichel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $20,000

Sam Sicilia: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Aaron Phillips: $8,000

Jingliang Li: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. David Michaud: $8,000

UFC 173 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,024,000

  • macarrech

    let the bitching begin

    • shakejunt

      please post this as the first comment on every one of these articles.

      • Milosc

        …which is, actually, very positive for the fighters and sport, itself

        *The only party ‘not’ benefiting from the public discussing fighter pay, is the UFC

        • shakejunt

          the only discussion going on within the public is disclosed show/win purses and performance bonuses, nothing else.

          people like to forget about other forms of income such as backroom bonuses, sponsorships, media events, increased exposure for you/your gym, etc.

          not to mention health insurance that the ufc provides, that’s a huge cost the fighters don’t have to pay anymore.

          when all is said and done, i’m sure tj dillashaw is pretty happy with his financial situation right now.

          • Milosc

            Like I was saying… *

            (Fighting in UFC may get them a free Slurpee at 7-11, too… but when we need to ‘consider’ things like that, it spells “MMA is a joke”.. to anyone ‘not’ working for UFC)

            They can keep the free cup-holder, Jack

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Lawler deserves every cent.

    • lowlb

      Yep, and the rest of these guys need so much more.. Those are some crap wages for guys who fight once a year if they’re lucky.

  • fight fan

    is this a joke? TJ made just
    36k for a championship fight n a performance like that? wtf

    • Wolf Ticket

      Barao had 11 to show, 11 for win against Faber… There might be some hidden PPV shares though.

      • Wolf Ticket

        Also, TJ got an extra 100K for FOTN and POTN.

  • SoSad

    You have to love that Dana White is saying before the fight that its a toss up between Jon bones and renan for best pound for pound fighter in the UFC. Then see that the ufc is paying renan only 74K to show. Your number 1 or number 2 best pfp fighter in the world as stated by the president of the ufc and is getting 74K to show! There gate alone was 2 million! I am also so tired of hearing this garbage about how they pay these fighter on the side. There is no way Renan saw more than 150K total for that fight pre tax and pre training fees. This poor guy was hand washing his clothes still on the countdown show. UFC makes Don King look like jesus christ.