Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley Top $1.691 Million Payroll for UFC 201
UFC 201 may not have been as heavily advertised as UFC 200, but the show still did monstrous business, as evidenced by the payouts for the main event fighters.
Four of the welterweights on the card earned over six figures at the event, with Robbie Lawler topping out at $500,000. However, despite being the highest-paid fighter in the main event, he lost his welterweight title to Tyron Woodley in the first round. For his part, Woodley earned $340,000. With that said, this does not factor in the fight bonuses, the deductions for insurance and licenses, and money paid to the fighters by sponsors. For example, Woodley earned $50,000 for the Performance of the Night bonus.
Jake Ellenberger also received a Performance of the Night bonus for his knockout of Matt Brown. This, in addition to his $150,000 payday. This is just above what was earned by Jorge Masvidal, who earned $114,000 victory over Ross Pearson.
Meanwhile, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Rose Namajunas earned a Fight of the Night bonus from UFC, in addition to the $38,000 payday and $19,000 win bonus for Kowalkiewicz, and the $46,000 payday for Namajunas.
For the full payouts, check out the list below via MMAJunkie:
Tyron Woodley: $340,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Lawler: $500,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Rose Namajunas: $46,000
Jake Ellenberger: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $73,000
Erik Perez: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $23,000
Ryan Benoit: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Fredy Serrano: $12,000
Nikita Krylov: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $51,000
Jorge Masvidal: $114,000 (includes $57,000 win bonus)
def. Ross Pearson: $54,000
Anthony Hamilton: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Damian Grabowski: $18,000
Wilson Reis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Hector Sandoval: $12,000
Michael Graves: $12,000
vs. Bojan Velickovic: $14,000 (fight was declared a majority draw)
Damien Brown: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cesar Arzamendia: $10,000
So there ya have it. Plenty of big payouts, but then, July was a record-setting month for UFC. And August is on tap to be even bigger, with Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II headlining UFC 202, which will also featured the MMA debut of former WWE star CM Punk. So I’d be very excited if I were on the card for UFC 202.
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