01 Jan UFC on ESPN 8 salaries: Alistair Overeem earns $400,000 for second-round TKO against Walt Harris
Alistair Overeem was by far the highest-paid athlete competing at UFC on ESPN 8 this past Saturday night after “The Demolition Man” earned nearly four-times as much as his next closest competitor.
The Florida State Boxing Commission released the full list of salaries on Monday following an action-packed night of fights from Jacksonville.
Overeem led all athletes with a $400,000 payday following his second round TKO against Walt Harris in the main event. Harris earned $75,000 for his part in the UFC on ESPN 8 headliner.
Overeem, who turned 40 just minutes after his win, has now competed in 65 professional fights during his MMA career including 18 bouts in the UFC.
The next highest-paid fighter on the card was women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, who took home $108,000 for her razor-close split decision victory over Angela Hill in the co-main event.
Veteran middleweight contender Krzysztof Jotko also earned a similar $108,000 payday for his hard-fought win over Eryk Anders in a featured bout on the main card.
Dan Ige took home $100,000 for his split-decision victory over Edson Barboza following a back-and-forth war over three rounds. Cortney Casey also made $100,000 for her submission victory against Mara Romero Borella as well as an additional $50,000 for “Performance of the Night.”
Here’s the full list of disclosed salaries confirmed by the Florida State Boxing Commission as well as the post-fight bonuses announced by the UFC this past Saturday night.
It must also be noted that the Florida State Boxing Commission only announced the purse totals and not the “show” and “win” money potentially earned by the athletes.
UFC on ESPN 8 salaries:
Alistair Overeem: $400,000
Walt Harris: $75,000
Claudia Gadelha: $108,000
Angela Hill: $54,000
Dan Ige: $100,000
Edson Barboza: $79,000
Krzysztof Jotko: $108,000
Eryk Anders: $61,000
Song Yadong: $146,000 — $96,000 in salary plus $50,000 for “Fight of the Night.”
Marlon Vera: $115,000 — $65,000 in salary plus $50,000 for “Fight of the Night”
Miguel Baeza: $74,000 — $24,000 in salary plus $50,000 for “Performance of the Night”
Matt Brown: $85,000
Kevin Holland: $52,000
Anthony Hernandez: $12,000
Giga Chikadze: $28,000
Irwin Rivera: $14,000
Nate Landwehr: $26,000
Darren Elkins: $62,000
Cortney Casey: $150,000 — $100,000 in salary plus $50,000 for “Performance of the Night”
Mara Romero Borella: $20,000
Rodrigo Nascimento: $20,000
Don’Tale Mayes: $10,000