Tony Ferguson might have suffered the most crushing loss of his career at UFC 249, but the former interim lightweight champion did walk away with $500,000, making him the highest earner of the night.
Justin Gaethje, who beat Ferguson via fifth-round TKO in the UFC 249 main event, earned a flat rate of $350,000 plus an added $100,000 in Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night post-fight bonuses. Ferguson also received a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus on top of his $500,000 salary, bringing the total to $550,000.
Ferguson’s $550,000 salary is a huge increase from his last publicly disclosed payout in 2018, which saw ‘El Cucuy’ bag $155,000 for his stoppage win over Anthony Pettis in the UFC 229 co-main event.
Check out the full UFC 249 salaries below, courtesy of the Florida State Boxing Commission (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). Please note that they did not separate show and win money, but it looks as if purses such as Anthony Pettis and Vicente Luque include their win bonuses.
Tony Ferguson: $550,000 — $500,000 flat fee plus $50,000 for “Fight of the Night.”
Justin Gaethje: $450,000 — $350,000 salary plus $100,000 for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night
Henry Cejudo: $350,000
Dominick Cruz: $300,000
Francis Ngannou: $310,000 — $260,000 salary plus $50,000 for “Performance of the Night”
Jairzinho Rozenstruik: $80,000
Calvin Kattar: $116,100 — his salary included a fine paid by Jeremy Stephens after he failed to make weight.
Jeremy Stephens: $46,900
Greg Hardy: $180,000
Yorgan De Castro: $12,000
Anthony Pettis: $310,000
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone: $200,000
Aleksei Oleinik: $160,000
Fabricio Werdum: $100,000
Carla Esparza: $102,000
Michelle Waterson: $60,000
Vicente Luque: $180,000
Niko Price: $57,000
Bryce Mitchell: $54,000
Charles Rosa: $24,000
Ryan Spann: $50,000
Sam Alvey: $65,000