01 Jan UFC on ESPN 9 salaries: Tyron Woodley leads all fighters despite not earning win bonus
Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley didn’t get his win bonus on Saturday night after falling to Gilbert Burns in the main event, but he still walked away with the biggest payday for anybody on the card.
On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the salaries with Woodley leading all fighters after banking $200,000 for his fight against Burns.
Woodley stood to make an additional $150,000 for a win bonus but he ultimately lost a lopsided decision over five rounds. Taking home $200,000 still helped Woodley lead all fighter salaries before post-fight bonuses were paid out but it was dramatically less than what he earned in his last title bout.
Woodley took home $500,000 for his fight against Kamaru Usman in March 2019.
As for Burns, he earned $168,000 for his win over Woodley, while also pocketing an extra $50,000 for “Performance of the Night,” as he locked up his biggest win since he started his climb up the welterweight ranks.
Burns has rattled off four straight wins in the division including back-to-back victories over Woodley and Demian Maia.
Elsewhere on the card, former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian earned $120,000 for her dominant win over Antonina Shevchenko while Augusto Sakai made $100,000 for his victory against Blagoy Ivanov in the co-main event. Those were the only other fighters to earn six-figures prior to post fight bonuses being paid out.
Here are the full salaries for UFC on ESPN 9. As a reminder, this is only disclosed pay as well as post fight bonuses announced by the UFC.
Tyron Woodley: $200,000 (win bonus would have been $150,000)
Gilbert Burns: $218,000 — $84,000 to show, $84,000 to win plus $50,000 for “Performance of the Night.
Augusto Sakai: $100,000 — $50,000 to show, $50,000 to win
Blagoy Ivanov: $60,000
Billy Quarantillo: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win
Spike Carlyle: $12,000
Roosevelt Roberts: $46,400 — $22,000 to show, $22,000 to win plus $2,400 for his opponent missing weight.
Brok Weaver: $9,600 — $12,000 to show minus $2,400 paid as penalty for missing weight.
Mackenzie Dern: $116,000 — $33,000 to show, $33,000 to win plus $50,000 for “Performance of the Night”
Hannah Cifers: $25,000
Katlyn Chookagian: $120,000 — $60,000 to show, $60,000 to win
Antonina Shevchenko: $35,000
Daniel Rodriguez: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win
Gabriel Green: $12,000
Jamahal Hill: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win
Klidson Abreu: $18,000
Brandon Royval: $74,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win plus $50,000 for “Fight of the Night”
Tim Elliott: $81,000 — $31,000 to show plus $50,000 for “Fight of the Night”
Casey Kenney: $54,000 — $27,000 to show, $27,000 to win
Louis Smolka: $48,000
Chris Gutierrez: $40,000 — $20,000 to show, $20,000 to win
Vince Morales: $20,000