It wasn’t a garden variety knockout that earned Thompson $42,000. It was a knockout courtesy of landing two spinning hook kicks to the head that also put Thompson in the highlight reel footage for years to come.
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In the finals of the reality series, Kamaru Usman earned his $20,000 by overcoming a staggering Hayder Hassan uppercut to put his American Top Team rival on his back and finish the fight with an arm-triangle choke. With the win, the Blackzilian also won $300,000 for his team.
The big winner on Sunday night in terms of payroll, however, was Jorge Masvidal, who earned $102,000 (plus a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus) for his knockout of Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira.
The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale took place on Sunday, July 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The fighter salaries were released by the Nevada Athletic Commission to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale Fighter Salaries
Stephen Thompson: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $73,000
Kamaru Usman: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Michael Graves: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Vicente Luque: $10,000
Jorge Masvidal: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Cezar Ferreira: $20,000
Michelle Waterson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Angela Magana: $10,000
Maximo Blanco: $41,400 (includes $23,000 win bonus; minus 20-percent fine)*
def. Michael De La Torre: $17,600 (includes 20-percent fine from Blanco)
Josh Samman: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Caio Magalhaes: $20,000
Jerrod Sanders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Russell Doane: $11,000
Trevor Smith: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Miller: $25,000
George Sullivan: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Dominic Waters: $10,000
Willie Gates: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Darrell Montague: $10,000
*Maximo Blanco failed to make weight and was fined $4,600 (20-percent of his show money)
The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $596,000