Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was by far and away the biggest earner on the night at Friday’s TUF 22 Finale event in Las Vegas, banking an impressive $360,000 basic salary for his first round KO finish in the main event.
The only other fighter who earned a six figure on the night was the high-flying Tony Ferguson who trousered $100,000 for his entertaining main card victory, while defeated main eventer Chad Mendes took home $82,000 – a far cry from the $500,000 he’d scored for coming in a short notice replacement to fight Conor McGregor back at UFC 189 just a few months ago.
Heavyweight veteran Gabriel Gonzaga was next up with $76,000 for frankly what was a terrible performance on the night, while Evan Dunham earned $68,000.
Frankie Edgar: $360,000 (includes $180,000 win bonus)
def. Chad Mendes: $82,000
Ryan Hall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Artem Lobov: $10,000
Tony Ferguson: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Edson Barboza: $44,000
Evan Dunham: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $54,000
Tatsuya Kawajiri: $52,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Knight: $12,000
Julian Erosa: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Marcin Wrzosek: $10,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $76,000 (includes $38,000 win bonus)
def. Konstantin Erokhin: $10,000
Ryan LaFlare: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Pierce: $34,000
Geane Herrera: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joby Sanchez: $10,000
Chris Gruetzemacher: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Abner Lloveras: $10,000