UFC 177 Fighter Salaries: Champion TJ Dillashaw Towers Over the Rest of the Payroll

September 2, 2014
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TJ DillashawThe UFC 177 fight card underwent a massive transformation just 24 hours prior to its start in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday.

Main event fighter Renan Barao and undercard fighter Henry Cejudo each had complications related to their weight cutting, forcing both off of the car. As a result, two under card bouts were cancelled and UFC debutant Joe Soto was slotted into the UFC 177 main event.

SEE ALSO: Renan Barao Out of UFC 177

In the end, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw defeated Soto and took home the biggest paycheck of the night, as well as a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.

SEE ALSO: UFC 177 Fighter Bonuses

The California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday revealed the full UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com. The event took place on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

UFC 177 Fighter Salaries

T.J. Dillashaw: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $20,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $36,000

Bethe Correia: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Shayna Baszler: $8,000

Carlos Diego Ferreira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ramsey Nijem: $18,000

Yancy Medeiros: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Damon Jackson: $8,000

Derek Brunson: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $28,000

Anthony Hamilton: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Ruan Potts: $10,000

Chris Wade: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cain Carrizosa: $8,000

UFC 177 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $420,000

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  • guest

    Wow..he was making triple what barao was making for his title defenses. No wonder half the ufc fighters talk shit about their contracts.

    • truthhurts

      Renan Barao has a good case for racial discrimination. He had multiple title defenses, was consider by the owner of the company (dana white) to be the best P4P fighter on the planet yet makes 25K less than his white counter part who makes his first title defense. I am a lawyer btw so please don’t post that i’m wrong because you don’t know the law.

      • ac

        Wouldn’t that mean that a company who hires caucasian workers in one country and non-caucasian workers in another country also liable, if they pay their workers different salaries for the same job?

        Also doesn’t the fact that they are contractors make it more complicated? If you look at the entertainment industry, I doubt they have very standardized pay.

      • DS

        Barao made 74,000 to show against Dillashaw at 173, T.j. made 18,000. T.J. made 50,000 to show this fight so barao made much more last fight then T.J. made at 177.

      • Seth

        Well…maybe that’s becuase it’s hard to sell Renan to casual fans? I hate to admit it, but nowdays more you can talk = more you can make. Renan barerly speaks english, he needs subtitles every single time they do a promo for his fights, he is great fighter, but he is in “younger” and smaller (that still drives me crazy, when ppl say they won’t watch fight because its 135lbs division) weight class, so they don’t have that much attention yet.

        I’ve said it a few times – more money you can draw for UFC, more you will get paid. It’s not racial discrimination.

      • Sir_Roy

        And we don’t know what fighters are really paid. As a lawyer, you know they only disclose what the law requires them to. And I’m sure you’re bright enough to know it’s not the full story. Not sure Renan will want to run to a lawyer with full disclosure.

  • Get2DaChoppa

    The salaries are a joke. How anyone can argue otherwise is beyond me. If the venue makes more in food/drink sales than the fighters make for their fights then you’ve got a problem.

    • brad king

      Dana W musta made 10 x what Dillishaw made and for what? Extremely lame card almost as bad as Rousey trying to headline a card!

    • Seth

      Ok, so I assume you bought tickets for this event, or bought PPV. Becuase if you didn’t, then you made UFC profit smaller. Which means, they have less money to spend – which now means, less money they can pay to the fighters.

      You people don’t really get it, do you? UFC is GLOBAL company. They cover more than just US market now, so they have to pay for ads all over the world, they keep a few gyms, they film TUF, they buy insurance for fighters, health care, flying fighters, paying for their hotel rooms etc etc. Its not like UFC’s card makes 10 millions and that money goes straight to Dana’s wallet. They have sh*t load of things to pay for, besides their fighters. And don’t forget the shareholders, who also get part of any money that UFC makes.

      Smaller profit = less money to spend. How they are suppose to pay their fighters more, when they make less and less money, thanks to people that don’t buy ticket/PPVs. And most ridiculous thing is – first those people say “Its not worth it to buy PPV, card sucks.” then day or two later they write comments saying “Ow, UFC and Dana are screwing fighters and they don’t pay them enough”.

      • Sir_Roy

        The UFC is massively successful. Investors aplenty. Sponsors aplenty. If you think a card brings in only 10 million then you’ve zero idea all the differing angles and venues where the profit pours in from. Can’t just look at the gate and the PPV I’m afraid. The UFC business model is far more robust.

        • Seth

          That was just an example. And like I said, UFC has way more things to pay for, than just fighters. Starting with Atheltic Commisions, through their staff, other employees, venues, ending at shareholders. You sound like you have no idea about that. People say “aw, UFC makes so much money and they pay their fighters so little, damn greedy and movey-driven idiots”. Go back and see how much money Ferttitas put in this company and sport WAAAAAAAAAAY BEFORE UFC made any profit after its events.

  • Darin

    Of all the people that will complain about these fighters not getting paid enough, I wonder how many bought tickets to this event or bought the PPV.

    • Seth

      None. Because “card was not worth spending money on it”. Those people do not understand that less money UFC will make means fighters will make less. You can’t afford to pay your employees more, when you don’t have bigger profit.

      • Sir_Roy

        Profit is there. You’re kidding yourself. The CEO’s of the UFC take the lion’s share by far and away. Need to pay for the new offices, private jets, uncle Dana’s multi-million dollar bonuses and etc.

        The UFC is a hugely, massively, successful organization. The question an intelligent businessman asks is how much the fighter’s salaries have improved over the last 10 years as the UFC’s net worth skyrocketed (and continues to do so). How much have the basic contracts evolved? Right then.

        • macarrech

          dont forget dana’s blackjack money

        • Seth

          Tell me how profit is there, when PPV numbers are dropping. Gates aren’t as good as they used to as well. That doesn’t help UFC, does it?

          Contracts are based mostly on one thing – how much are you needed in the UFC and how much money can you make for them. You see that clearly with Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. UFC needs Melendez with their expansion to Mexico and Latin America – so they paid him more than they wanted. Because they need him. Without Nate Diaz UFC is working just fine, that’s why UFC doesn’t want to talk about his new deal JUST RIGHT AFTER Nate signed new one. He got what HE agreed on, accepting that it’s all he can get now. But like I said, UFC can go on without him – so they won’t give him better deal now. If he fights and win some, they would most likely come to him and say “hey, your deal is up…wanna resign?” – because if he can get back up and be relevant fighter, UFC would need him. But he decided to stay home and bi**h about everything. Relevant fighters gets paid. Those that aren’t relevant, have to work they way up to become relevant.

  • uncle

    I can already tell that TJ will be a exciting champion
    he still has speed and power in the 5th round for KO’s
    because a lot of fighters can have stamina but lose power
    in late rounds. he has the best style out of team alpha male.

  • George Sperry

    I just don’t understand how someone can train, pay trainers, gym fees, cornermen, travel living expenses etc. on $8,000 a fight.
    The Math baffles me.

    • Karim Graham

      bare in mind they get hundreds and/or thousands for sponsors, its what keeps them going until the fight purse

      • lowlb

        BS dude..

        • Sir_Roy

          He said hundreds, if not thousands, not hundreds of thousands (unless you’re GSP). And I’m pretty sure he’s right (unless it’s a fighter’s absolute first rodeo which, in the UFC, is highly unlikely).

          They have sponsors bud. And they get paid for what they have plastered to their fight shorts / walk in T’s. For some of the less popular / newer fighters though, I’m sure it’s not much.

    • Sir_Roy

      “Apparently”, and gods I hope this is true, fighters get a lot of “under the table” treatment.

      Which, if true, is a brilliant (and underhanded) business ploy to control the fighters even more while being ruthless about ensuring they “perform” as the organization wants them to. If uncle Dana doesn’t like your face, attitude, performance? Then yeah, you’re sh!t out of luck.

  • taylor2008

    Wait……TJ was just going to get paid $50k for holding the UFC belt? Are you serious?! He had to win to make $100k as a champion? TJ should have been getting $75k to fight and another $75k if he won. Brock Lesnar showed his face in the UFC for the first time and bagged about $500k!

  • Judd

    This card is night and day better than 177 it is not even funny. Even with a non title fight I would of bought this card if it was on PPV. UFC does a great job on providing a lot of free cards on Fox but Joe Silva really needs to get his head out of his ass with the cards that are on PPV lately. I think the fans/media did a good job letting Joe/Dana know that even if Barao didn’t get hurt that card was awful. They will probably find a way to brush the PPV numbers under the rug when they come out. It will be embarrassing