T.J. Dillashaw put a beating on Renan Barao at UFC 173, wresting the UFC bantamweight title from the clutches of Barao. For his efforts Dillashaw took home $100,000 in post-fight bonuses for the night, claiming Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors. The bonuses brought the new champion a total disclosed compensation of $136,000 for the night. That sum put him third on the take home pay list on the May 24 card.
If you include his $100,000 in bonus money, Dillashaw's $136,000 came in behind the paydays of co-main event winner Daniel Cormier's $170,000 and Robbie Lawler who took home $200,000 for his win over Jake Ellenberger. The man Cormier defeated, Dan Henderson took home $100,000.
If you do not include Dillashaw's bonus awards, eight fighters earned more in salary than the newly minted champion, including the man he defeated, Renan Barao, who pulled in $74,000. (Barao also earned an extra $50,000 for his share of Fight of the Night for a total of $124,000)
The full list of fighter salaries for UFC 173 (via MMAFighting.com):
T.J. Dillashaw: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Renan Barao: $74,000
Daniel Cormier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus) def. Dan Henderson: $100,000
Robbie Lawler: $200,000(includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Jake Ellenberger: $68,000
Li JingLiang: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus def. David Michaud: $8,000
Salaries do not include any discretionary bonuses.