Michael Bisping was only the third-highest earner at UFC 199 6 years ago

Michael Bisping was only the third-highest earner at UFC 199

Michael Bisping earned a tidy sum for his UFC title fight with Luke Rockhold, but he wasn't top of the tree as far as UFC 199 payouts are concerned.

The Lancastrian took home a cool quarter of a million to go along with his first ever title, and we doubt he'll be too concerned that others topped that figure.


Bisping had no win bonus, meaning both he and Rockhold earned the same amount, according to disclosed payout figures published by MMAJunkie.

But those numbers pale in comparison to Dominick Cruz and Dan Henderson, with Henderson's win bonus alone reaching $200,000.

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Henderson, who earned Performance of the Night honours (along with Bisping) for his second-round KO of Hector Lombard, took home $800,000 in total. That is more than double the $350,000 handed out to Cruz, who had no win bonus for his decision victory over Urijah Faber.


The figures do not include any cuts of pay-per-view figures, which have not been made public, or other sums relating to sponsorship or additional bonuses not shared by the promotion.

Max Holloway ($150,000) and Dustin Poirier ($110,000) were the only other fighters to take home six figures in their disclosed purses, with half of their respective payouts coming in the form of win bonuses.

Birmingham's Tom Breese, who suffered his first career defeat via split decision, earned $19,000 from his loss to Sean Strickland.

As for Bisping, the $250,000 payout will surely only grow as a result of the future sponsorship opportunities a title gives him, not to mention payouts from his first and any subsequent title defences.


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