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22nd Dec 2015

There’s one notably low payout on the UFC Orlando disclosed salaries

At least one

Ben Kiely

No wonder why Nate Diaz is looking for that “red panty night” fight with Conor McGregor.

The disclosed salaries for UFC on Fox 17 have been released and payouts range from $!0,000 all the way up to $542,857.

The heavy dudes took away the most money, with Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos earning the most on the night taking home $542,857 and $400,000 respectively.

Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was he third highest earner banking $300,000 for his successful defence against Donald Cerrone, who received $79,000 for showing up to have his ass handed to him.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the disclosed salaries was how little Nate Diaz earned for his main card bout against top lightweight Michael Johnson. Diaz was given just $20,000 to show up and a further $20,000 for the win, meaning that eight fighters with lower billings on the card earned more show money than him.

Diaz has complained about being underpaid by the promotion in the past, once claiming that the promotion “conned him” into signing an eight-fight contract. At least banked a cool $50,000 for winning the Fight of the Night bonus for his stunning decision victory over Johnson.

Check out the full disclosed salaries for the card as reported by MMA Fighting below. It’s important to note that these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as some sponsorship incomes, contract clauses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (FOX)
Rafael dos Anjos ($300,000 + no win bonus = $300,000) def. Donald Cerrone ($79,000)
Alistair Overeem ($342,857 + $200,000 = $542,857) def. Junior dos Santos ($400,000)
Nate Diaz ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Michael Johnson ($30,000)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz ($13,000 + $13,000 = $26,000) def. Randa Markos ($12,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Charles Oliveira ($29,600* + $37,000 = $66,600) def. Myles Jury ($30,000)
Nate Marquardt ($49,000 + $49,000 = $98,000) def. C.B. Dollaway ($40,000)
Valentina Shevchenko ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Sarah Kaufman ($22,000)
Tamdan McCrory ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Josh Samman ($10,000)
Nik Lentz ($35,000 + $35,000 = $70,000) def. Danny Castillo ($39,000)
Cole Miller ($33,000) vs. Jim Alers ($10,000) ruled a no contest

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Kamaru Usman ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Leon Edwards ($15,000)
Vicente Luque ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Hayder Hassan ($10,000)
Francis Ngannou ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Luiz Henrique ($10,000)

*Forfeited 20-percent of show purse for missing weight