Conor McGregor officially earned half a million dollars for his work at UFC 194, according to payout information disclosed Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
The newly crowned UFC featherweight champion pocketed a “show” purse of $500,000 and no win bonus for his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Aldo took home $400,000 in defeat, the second-highest earned on a payroll which totaled over $2.6 million.
The third-highest earned on the card was neither co-main event winner Luke Rockhold ($160,000) nor the man he defeated, former middleweight champ Chris Weidman ($275,000). It was undercard headliner and longtime Zuffa staple Urijah Faber, who raked in $300,000 for a three-round decision win against Frankie Saenz. The bantamweight bout had the largest pay discrepancy on the card, with Faber making 15 times the amount of Saenz, who earned $20,000 in “show” money for his fourth Octagon appearance.
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.
UFC 194 Salaries:
Conor McGregor: $500,000
Jose Aldo: $400,000
Luke Rockhold: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
Chris Weidman: $275,000
Yoel Romero: $150,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Ronaldo Souza: $135,000
Demian Maia: $156,000 (includes $78,000 win bonus)
Gunnar Nelson: $75,000
Max Holloway: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
Jeremy Stephens: $43,000
Urijah Faber: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Tecia Torres: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Warlley Alves: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Colby Covington: $18,000
Leonardo Santos: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Kevin Lee: $21,000
Magomed Mustafaev: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Joe Proctor: $13,000
Yancy Medeiros: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
John Makdessi: $30,000
Court McGee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Marcio Alexandre Jr.: $12,000