UFC 178 Fighter Salaries: Johnson Tops Payroll, but McGregor is a Close Second

September 29, 2014
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Conor McGregor may not have topped the bill at UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso, but he certainly stole the show. The brash Irish banger has quickly placed himself in the limelight, and it’s certainly paying off in popularity, but also in his pocketbook.

Demetrious Johnson and Conor McGregorMcGregor’s fight versus Dustin Poirier wasn’t event the co-main event on Saturday night, but the victorious Irishman was the second most prosperous fighter on the disclosed fighter payroll, being bested only by UFC flyweight champion and headliner Demetrious Johnson.

SEE ALSO: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier UFC 178 Fight Highlights Video

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday revealed the full UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com. The event took place on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 178 Fighter Salaries

Demetrious Johnson: $183,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Cariaso: $24,000

Donald Cerrone: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
def. Eddie Alvarez: $100,000

Conor McGregor: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Poirier: $34,000

Yoel Romero: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Kennedy: $70,000

Cat Zingano: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Amanda Nunes: $15,000

Dominick Cruz: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $32,000

Jorge Masvidal: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. James Krause: $15,000

Stephen Thompson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $33,000

Brian Ebersole: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
John Howard: $21,000

Kevin Lee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jon Tuck: $10,000

Manny Gamburyan: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Cody Gibson: $10,000

UFC 178 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,233,000

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  • Matte

    Next time Conor should be the best payed!

  • Daniel

    Conor sold the fight. He should had gotten a lot more.

  • solo

    Cat Zingano should be paid more imo!

    • Maddawgmar

      yeah was kinda surprised she was contracted only 9k to show. Guess since she has been out and not winning, her purses didn’t rise.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I can’t believe she signed a contract for that little and yet Nunes(never heard of her) signed for almost double. The ladies have Dana by the balls because he wants WMMA to succeed so bad that they can demand a lot more. Stop signing contracts for pennies, and fire your agent!

      • IwannaDoCatZinganoNow

        Cat needs to fire her sorry ass incompetent manager! How in the hell is she going to get 9 K to show. She’s the #1 contender for crying out loud! She should get paid more. The more I see these numbers the more I think is not the UFC’s fault people get underpaid, it’s the fighters’ management that sucks! So instead of complaining about being underpaid fire your managers!

    • deepgrim

      yeah that was pretty shocking, her next fight is going to be for a title and her last fight was a fight of the night with tate. she definately should have got a performance bonus instead of connor- shame considering she has been out so long

  • Maddawgmar

    But I’m sure DJ is getting a solid portion on the PPV buys.

  • dandogood

    paying the gnat sized Johnson is a waste of money. dwarf fighting is not popular nor is it fair. ignore these rodent sized midgets like Johnson.

    • DJBigBucksLilMan

      You can say whatever the hell you want and cry until you poop in your pants, but he’s the one making all the money and we’re not. Popular or not, he’s rich now, we’re not. Damn it! That bastard must be laughing at us haters now..LOL

      • dandogood

        I’m rich

  • Darin

    150k for Mcirish and 18k for Zingano. Yeah, that’s fair.

  • julian moran

    Cruz is under paid.

  • blob

    183k for DJ is a joke. This deserves undercard payment.

  • dandogood

    Johnson is a prelim fighter. What a hoot paying that dwarf more than $10,000. Johnson is 1/3 of a man.

    • dsg

      And he could probably still kick yer arse with one hand tied behind his back.

  • DJBigBucksLilMan

    No wonder DJ won’t move up in weight class! I’d stay there for as long as I can too if I was getting paid that kind of money to beat mediocre competition. He’s a smart guy! He’s probably already made more than a million and is living the good life with all those easy fights. Man, lucky bastard! He must love his job.