After surviving some early takedowns and ground and pound from Mendes, McGregor turned the tables late in the second round, scoring a TKO stoppage due to strikes with just 7 ticks of the clock left.
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Say what you will about McGregor’s brash style, but it sells. And he was rewarded handsomely, to the tune of half-a-million dollars in disclosed pay. Mendes, for stepping in on short notice, equaled that amount.
They’re full contracts were not disclosed, but each likely had other triggers (i.e. pay-per-view bonuses, etc.) in their contracts that made their final tallies much higher than the disclosed $500,000 each on the payroll reported to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler earned $300,000 for his brutal war with Rory MacDonald, whose reported show money was $59,000.
UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor took place on Saturday, July 11, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor Fighter Salaries
Conor McGregor: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Chad Mendes: $500,000
Robbie Lawler: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Rory MacDonald: $59,000
Jeremy Stephens: $72,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus; minus 20-percent fine)*
def. Dennis Bermudez: $34,000 (includes 20-percent fine from Stephens)
Gunnar Nelson: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Thomas de Almeida: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $30,000
Matt Brown: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Means: $23,000
Alex Garcia: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $48,000
John Howard: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Cathal Pendred: $10,000
Cody Garbrandt: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Briones: $10,000
Louis Smolka: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Neil Seery: $15,000
Cody Phister: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yosdenis Cedeno: $13,000
*Jeremy Stephens failed to make weight and was fined $8,000 (20-percent of his show money)
UFC 189 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,952,000