UFC 173 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll at $200,000

Robbie LawlerWhether it ranks at the top of the list or not is arguable, but TJ Dillashaw on Saturday night toppled Renan Barão to capture the UFC bantamweight championship. Barão hadn’t lost in his previous 33 bouts, but Dillashaw rocked him in the opening round of their fight and then dominated en route to a fifth-round TKO stoppage.

Dillashaw’s contracted pay for the fight – just $36,000 including his win bonus – may seem a little low for a championship bout, but he was also awarded Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses totaling $100,000.

Even in losing, however, Barão’s $74,000 show money more than doubled Dillashaw’s disclosed contracted pay.

But even Barão did not top the payroll. That honor went to Robbie Lawler, who was paid $200,000 for defeating Jake Ellenberger. He was followed by Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday revealed the full UFC 173 fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com. The event took place on Saturday, May 24, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 173 Fighter Salaries

TJ Dillashaw: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Renan Barão: $74,000

Daniel Cormier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Henderson: $100,000

Robbie Lawler: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $68,000

Takeya Mizugaki: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $15,000

James Krause: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Varner: $17,000

Michael Chiesa: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Trinaldo: $12,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Katsunori Kikuno: $10,000

Chris Holdsworth: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Chico Camus: $12,000

Mitch Clarke: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Al Iaquinta: $14,000

Vinc Pichel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $20,000

Sam Sicilia: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Aaron Phillips: $8,000

Jingliang Li: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. David Michaud: $8,000

UFC 173 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,024,000