UFC 182 Fighter Salaries: Jon Jones Dwarfs $1.3 Million Payroll

January 5, 2015
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Jon Jones continued his campaign to become known as the greatest fighter of all time by dispatching his “greatest threat” in Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 on Saturday night.

Not only did Jones top the bill, he easily topped the list of fighter payouts, nabbing half a million dollars in disclosed pay for beating Cormier.

SEE ALSO: UFC 182 Fight Highlights Videos

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who derailed the Myles Jury train in the co-main event, was second on the list, earning $140,000.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday revealed the full UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com. The event took place on Saturday, Jan. 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 182 Fighter Salaries

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Daniel Cormier: $90,000

Donald Cerrone: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Myles Jury: $16,000

Brad Tavares: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Marquardt: $49,000

Kyoji Horiguchi: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Gaudinot: $10,000

Hector Lombard: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Burkman: $45,000

Paul Felder: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $36,000

Cody Garbrandt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Brimage: $12,000

Shawn Jordan: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Cannonier: $8,000

Evan Dunham: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Rodrigo Damm: $12,000

Omari Akhmedov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mats Nilsson: $8,000

Marion Reneau: $17,600 (includes $8,000 win bonus)*
def. Alexis Dufresne: $6,400

*Dufresne missed weight and forfeited 20 percent of “show” money to Reneau.

UFC 182 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,304,000

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  • British Redcoat

    Miles Jury got 16 grand? How much did he spend on his camp? The co main event guy probably took home about 3 grand for all of that work. Dana White spends that on gas for his Ferrari. Most of these guys would be better off working at Walmart. This bonus pay structure is a complete and utter joke.

    • bob

      boxing co main events make shitty money too…So you have no argument and the guy lost, He dosnt deserve big money

      • Sir_Roy

        Depends on what your definition of “big money” is. Being in a co main event on a big card like this one he sure as sh!t deserves more than 16 grand. After expenses and taxes that’s not even a night out in Vegas for most these blokes.

        Hopefully he gets a small share of PPV in his contract and some nice benefits for all the promotional work he did.

        • Seth

          Wandarlei Silva was denied PPV points – and even if he sucked as a fighter at that point, he was still big draw for UFC. Still think Myles had PPV points in his deal? Only a selected few have that thing in their deals – and those people are like Jones, GSP or Spider Silva. Im not sure if Cain or Weidman have it, so forget that Myles have those.

          • SeriusMOM

            Myles Jury did NOT get PPV points.

            Oly JBJ got PPV points. Everyone got only what is reported above. And no! locker room bonus are not so commonly paid out that we could just ignore the reported payouts.

            I really have no idea what locker room bonuses mean but no…the UFC does not have anyone under the table.

          • Seth

            That’s what I said – no way Jury had those.

            And when it comes to bonuses – well, I can imagine it’s something like paying win bonus anyway (when ref screws a fighter, or judges decision is so obviously wrong) or something like that. I doubt its common, but it happens from time to time.

          • Sir_Roy

            And … you know this how?

          • Sir Roy’s mom

            I think a few years ago a number of lawyers/analysts conducted a research based on Eddie Alvarez’s contract (plus interviews from fighters).

            It was big news and I think MMAWEEKLY had an article on this as well.

            Oh wait..that was before you started watching MMA…sorry.

          • Sir_Roy

            And yet another keyboard warrior dumb enough to think these types of comments are insulting to any save themselves. Your attempt at being smart really amounted to; “Hyuck, you haven’t been watching MMA for very long, ‘giggle, snort, giggle, giggle'”.

            Really guy. You need to start thinking your sh!t through a little more (if you can).

            All you did was force feed your opinion as fact and truth by prefacing said opinion with an “I think” followed by zero sources or much of anything at all really save another “I think” statement. So yeah. Good job oh “knowledgeable one”. You get even dumber by actually equating how long someone’s been a fan of MMA with some innocuous brand of “street cred”.

      • jmh

        Look at Frank Mir, last 5 fights he got paid 200,000 a fight, did he win any? No, But that has been, he deserves big money right?…

    • Seth

      The difference is, he could double that and make 32k. There is one thing he would have to do though. Win a fight. And if I recall correctly – he quit after Cowboy schooled him on the ground in round 1.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Stop with the pay already.

      • Seth

        Why would they? For them its nothing more than another reason to whine and complain how DW is greedy and he himself ruins this sport, by underpaying fighters. They don’t even care about the fact that DW isn’t even involved in contract negotiations with majority of fighters (that’s why every company like that have talent relations and scouts). He is involved only when it’s someone really big; But again, why would they care? Let them whine. It’s best they can do.

        • SeriusMom

          I have a feeling people casually use terms “DW” and “UFC” synonymously.

          If it helps you sleep at night. Just replace DW with UFC and you should get a better sense of what is trying to be communicated.

          • Seth

            When I see someone saying “DW is destroying this sport” I assume they mean Dana. If they mean UFC, they would put UFC instead of DW. Even trolls and haters aren’t that stupid, to not see a difference between Dana and UFC, right?

  • jesoos

    No wonder Miles Jury did not fight, he did not get paid for it.

    • Get2DaChoppa

      Agreed, co-main event fight and he gets $16,000 grand…laughable.

    • Seth

      Im pretty sure he would make 32k with a W…wanna blame UFC because kid didn’t want to make more? That’s laughable.

  • SexyHyde

    Jury got what he deserved. Much more deserving fighters on this card
    Marion Reneau – destruction bonus.
    Rodrigo Damm – attitude bonus.
    Paul Felder – for making Last Call stiffen up into an old man on the toilet pose.
    Josh Burkman – for not giving a f….
    Kyoji Horiguchi & Louis Gaudinot – for looking like energizer bunnies.

  • richardcasserly

    1.3 mil. So UFC is the one banking in these deals. Think of it for a moment. Just PPV alone…

  • truth

    Mayweather ($32M) v. Maidana ($3M)

    Huberto Soto ($150K) v. John Molina Jr. ($125K)

    Leo Santa Cruz ($750K) v. Manuel Roman ($50K)

    Miguel Vazquez ($450K) v. Mickey Bey ($125K)

    Alfredo Angulo ($500K) v. James De La Rosa ($43K)

    This is the Mayweather Maidana 2 fight card purses. Jon Jones and Alfredo Angulo made the same money. My only question is who is Alfredo Angulo? UFC made $3.5 million in gate alone, that means after paying everyone the UFC takes $2 Million in profit just from the gate. Now the UFC said they were trending above 800K ppv buys, which they get $25 of the $50 directly to them, so they cleared $20 million in PPV. Lets include sponsors for the UFC directly and what they take from the fighters sponsors to be another $2 million (very conservative). Thats a total of $24 million in revenue. For all other expenses including non fighter employees, advertising the event and other miscellaneous expenses, the UFC easily took home $20-$22 million in profit for the event. But don’t worry Dana White cuts checks after the fight (wink wink).

    • Terry

      where are your statistics when the UFC loses money?

  • truth2

    One thing that I always found hypocritical from Dana White is that he says guys like Jury only get paid that much because there not “needle movers” if that’s the case why are they your co main event on a huge fight card? Why not have the supporting act be a needle mover? Also isn’t it the promotions job to promote a fighter? Doesn’t the UFC choose who they give more media time too, connect them to better sponsors/outlets, who they promote for fights etc.? The UFC chooses who will become a needle mover.