UFC 178 Salaries

The UFC 178 basic fighter salaries have now been released and show that the event’s headliner, long-time flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, was the evening’s biggest earner with a $183,000 pay day courtesy of a convincing win against Chris Cariaso.

Interestingly, next up is Conor McGregor who, despite only appearing in the Octagon for the fourth time, managed to pocket $150,000 for his first round TKO victory over Dustin Poirier.

That’s slightly more than the far more established co-main event winner Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone who banked $126,000, while even in defeat former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez still did alright with $100,000.

Also trousering $100,000 was former bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz who made a triumphant return after a three year absence with a 61 second TKO against Takeya Mizugaki.

Check out all the fighter salaries stemming from UFC 178 and keep in mind that this is just their basic wage packet and doesn’t include extras like post-fight bonuses and sponsorship money.

Demetrious Johnson: $183,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
Chris Cariaso: $24,000

Donald Cerrone: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
Eddie Alvarez: $100,000

Conor McGregor: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Dustin Poirier: $34,000

Yoel Romero: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
Tim Kennedy: $70,000

Cat Zingano: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
Amanda Nunes: $15,000

Dominick Cruz: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Takeya Mizugaki: $32,000

Jorge Masvidal: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
James Krause: $15,000

Stephen Thompson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $33,000

Brian Ebersole: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
John Howard: $21,000

Kevin Lee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jon Tuck: $10,000

Manny Gamburyan: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Cody Gibson: $10,000

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