Approximately three and a half million dollars were spent on the purses for the twenty two fighters who competed at UFC 249 this past weekend, according to Jed I. Goodman, who received the numbers from the Florida State Athletic Commission.
The biggest amount went to Tony Ferguson ($500,000), who was stopped by Justin Gaethje in the main event, and as many as thirteen fighters cashed-in six-figures. The new UFC interim lightweight champion and Henry Cejudo were right behind ‘El Cucuy’, earning $350,000 each. Anthony Pettis received $310,000, followed by Dominick Cruz, who received $300,000..
Francis Ngannou, Greg Hardy, Donald Cerrone, Vicente Luque, Carla Esparza, Fabricio Werdum, and Aleksei Oleinik also made six figures. As did Calvin Kattar, as he received 30 percent of Jeremy Stephens’ purse, who missed the weight by 4.5lbs.
On the other end of the spectrum, Yorgan de Castro earned $12,000, and Charles Rosa $24,000.
It is is not known how much was the compensation Uriah Hall and ‘Jacare’ Souza received, after their middleweight fight was cancelled as a result of the Brazilian testing positive for COVID-19. UFC president Dana White confirmed in the post fight press conference that both fighters would be paid.
You can find the full list of purses below, which represent the sum of show money and win bonuses. The Reebok fighter kit pay isn’t included in the list. Neither is the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were awarded to Gaethje ($100,000), Ferguson ($50,000), and Ngannou ($50,000).
UFC 249 PPV Main Card Salaries:
Justin Gaethje ($350,000) def. Tony Ferguson ($500,000)
Henry Cejudo ($350,000) def. Dominick Cruz ($300,000)
Francis Ngannou ($260,000) def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik ($80,000)
Calvin Kattar ($116,100) def. Jeremy Stephens ($46,900)
Greg Hardy ($180,000) def. Yorgan de Castro ($12,000)
UFC 249 Preliminary Card Salaries:
Anthony Pettis ($310,000) def. Donald Cerrone ($200,000)
Aleksei Oleinik ($160,000) def. Fabricio Werdum ($100,000)
Carla Esparza ($102,000) def. Michelle Waterson ($60,000)
Vicente Luque ($180,000) def. Niko Price ($57,000)
Bryce Mitchell ($54,000) def. Charles Rosa ($24,000)
Ryan Spann ($50,000) def. Sam Alvey ($65,000)
What do you think about the fighters’ purses for UFC 249?