Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Stipe Miocic is leaving California with the heavyweight title and the biggest payday for any fighter competing at UFC 241 in Anaheim.
Following a fourth-round knockout against Daniel Cormier in the main event, Miocic was paid an event high $ 750,000 according to salaries released by the California State Athletic Commission in a message to MMA Fighting on Sunday.
Miocic didn’t receive a win bonus but rather a flat $ 750,000 fee while also taking home an additional $ 50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’ for his stunning comeback victory to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title.
Daniel Cormier left with the second biggest payday on the card as the now former heavyweight champion was paid $ 500,000 as a flat fee for his performance.
In the co-main event, Nate Diaz cashed in with a $ 250,000 payday for his unanimous decision victory over Anthony Pettis. It was the first fight for Diaz since he competed against Conor McGregor back in 2016.
On that night, Diaz earned a whopping $ 2 million to face McGregor in a rematch in what ended up as the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history at the time.
Meanwhile, Pettis took home $ 155,000 for his loss to Diaz. He would have earned an additional $ 155,000 with a win but unfortunately he fell short in the three round battle.
Middleweight contender Paulo Costa earned $ 170,000 for his ‘Fight of the Night’ performance against former two-time title contender Yoel Romero in another featured bout on the main card at UFC 241. Costa took home $ 120,000 for the fight with the additional $ 50,000 coming from the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.
Here are the full salaries for UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 as provided by the California State Athletic Commission:
Stipe Miocic: $ 800,000 — $ 750,000 flat fee plus $ 50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’
Daniel Cormier: $ 500,000 flat fee.
Nate Diaz: $ 250,000 flat fee.
Anthony Pettis: $ 155,000
Paulo Costa: $ 170,000 — $ 60,000 to show, $ 60,000 to win plus $ 50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’
Yoel Romero: $ 200,000 — $ 150,000 to show plus $ 50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’
Sodiq Yusuff: $ 28,000 — $ 14,000 to show, $ 14,000 to win
Gabriel Benitez: $ 40,000
Derek Brunson: $ 190,000 — $ 95,000 to show, $ 95,000 to win
Ian Heinisch: $ 25,000
Khama Worthy: $ 74,000 — $ 12,000 to show, $ 12,000 to win plus $ 50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’
Devonte Smith: $ 23,000
Cory Sandhagen: $ 154,000 — $ 77,000 to show, $ 77,000 to win
Raphael Assuncao: $ 79,000
Drakkar Klose: $ 56,000 — $ 28,000 to show, $ 28,000 to win
Christos Giagos: $ 28,000
Casey Kenney: $ 28,000 — $ 14,000 to show, $ 14,000 to win
Manny Bermudez: $ 20,000
Hannah Cifers: $ 28,000 — $ 14,000 to show, $ 14,000 to win
Jodie Esquibel: $ 10,000
Kyung Ho Kang: $ 44,000 — $ 22,000 to show, $ 22,000 to win
Brandon Davis: $ 21,000
Sabina Mazo: $ 20,000 — $ 10,000 to show, $ 10,000 to win
Shana Dobson: $ 12,000
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