Whether 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.
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