UFC on ESPN 1 fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the “Ngannou vs Velasquez” event on Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) from inside Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona have been revealed.
Leading the way was former Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who banked $450,000 following his 26-second knockout loss Francis Ngannou (see it again here), who managed to rake in $200,000 for the victory.
Not a bad night for the hard-hitting strikers.
Prior to the bout, Cain revealed the promotion made it worth his while to mount an MMA return after over 2.5 years of action. Though it didn’t go as planned, Velasquez made out with the biggest payday, and he has at least three more to look forward to.
Here is the complete list of UFC 220 payouts and salaries (via MMA Fighting):
Francis Ngannou ($110,000 + $110,000 = $220,000) def. Cain Velasquez ($450,000)
Paul Felder ($46,000 + $46,000 = $92,000) def. James Vick ($65,000)
Cynthia Calvillo ($44,000 + $44,000 = $88,000) def. Cortney Casey ($50,000)
Kron Gracie ($27,000 + $25,000 = $52,000) def. Alex Caceres ($55,000)
Vicente Luque ($41,000 + $41,000 = $82,000) def. Bryan Barberena ($35,000)
Andre Fili ($37,000 + $37,000 = $74,000) def. Myles Jury ($36,000)
Aljamain Sterling ($70,000 + $70,000 = $140,000) def. Jimmie Rivera ($68,000)
Manny Bermudez ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Benito Lopez ($12,000)
Andrea Lee ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Ashlee Evans-Smith ($30,000)
Nik Lentz ($53,000 + $53,000 = $106,000) def. Scott Holtzman ($33,000)
Luke Sanders ($19,000 + $19,000 = $38,000) def. Renan Barao ($53,000)
Emily Whitmire ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Aleksandra Albu ($12,000)
The total disclosed payroll for UFC on ESPN 1 was $1,871,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, Reebok sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the promotion often hands out extra cash for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” bonuses.
For complete UFC on ESPN 1 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.