On August 17th, 2019, the UFC visited Anaheim, California and hosted UFC 241. The event was headlined by a heavyweight title fight between the champion Daniel Cormier and the former champion, Stipe Miocic. The co-main event was between Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis and the whole night was full of exciting and fun fights. Here’s a look at how much each fighter got paid for the event.
UFC 241 attendance, gate, and PPV numbers
17,304 people paid a combined $3,237,032 to attend the event according to MMAPayout. It’s not known how much of that money will go to the UFC and how much of it will go the fighters, though.
MMAPayout also estimates that about 450,000 people bought the pay-per-view for the event. This translates to millions of dollars for the UFC, though it’s unknown exactly how much since the price for a PPV will vary.
Some fighters will also get PPV points, which means that they’ll get paid for each PPV that was sold. It’s unknown which fighter gets PPV points and how much, but generally speaking, it’s safe to assume that the headline fights received them.
450,000 PPV sales is a pretty good number for the UFC, so it’s safe to assume that Cormier, Miocic, Diaz, and Pettis all got a piece of that pie.
After each card, the UFC usually hands out a bonus to four fighters, each to the tune of $50,000. For UFC 241, the fight of the night went to Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero, and both men got a $50,000 bonus.
That fight truly earned the fight of the night bonus, as both men had scary knockout power. Although both men failed to knock each other out, they tried their hardest for the whole 15 minutes of the fight.
It was a back and forth fight too, and both men got seriously hurt by the other. However, Costa persevered and won the decision.
The UFC handed out two performance of the night bonuses for UFC 241, one to Miocic and another to Khama Worthy. Miocic was being dominated by Cormier for three rounds, and it looked like Miocic would lose again.
However, Miocic’s coaches told him to punch Cormier in the body because Cormier wasn’t defending those strikes. Miocic did that repeatedly and Cormier eventually succumbed to those punches. This comeback victory definitely earned him a performance of the night bonus.
Worthy was certainly worthy of his bonus too. He was a short-notice replacement to fight Devonte Smith so he had little time to prepare. However, the two men were training partners in the past and so Worthy had some idea of how to beat Smith.
Worthy did just that and knocked Smith out in spectacular fashion in the very first round. After the fight, he asked for a bonus and his bosses gave him one.
Total disclosed earnings for UFC 241
Miocic received a total of $800,000 for knocking out Cormier, who received $500,000.
Diaz received $250,000 for beating Pettis, who received $155,000.
Costa received a total of $170,000 for beating Romero, who received a total of $200,000.
Sodiq Yusuff received a total of $28,000 for knocking out Gabriel Benitez, who received $40,000.
Derek Brunson received $190,000 for beating Ian Heinisch, who received $25,000.
Worthy received a total of $74,000 for knocking out Smith, who received $23,000.
Cory Sandhagen received $154,000 for beating Raphael Assunção, who received $79,000.
Drakkar Klose received $56,000 for defeating Christos Giagos, who received $28,000.
Casey Kenney received $28,000 for defeating Manny Bermudez, who received $20,000. However, Bermudez couldn’t make weight, so he was fined an undisclosed portion of that money. That money will go to Kenney.
Hannah Cifers received $28,000 for defeating Jodie Esquibel, who received $20,000.
Kyung Ho Kang received $44,000 for defeating Brandon Davis, who received $21,000.
Sabina Mazo received $20,000 for defeating Shana Dobson, who received $12,000.