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UFC Vegas 2 purses: Cynthia Calvillo tops paltry $782,000 payroll

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Not a single fighter had a guaranteed base purse above $55,000.

UFC Vegas 2 was a card filled with unranked fighters and short notice replacements, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the purses are incredibly low even for a Fight Night event.

Not a single fighter had a base purse higher than $55,000, and as such only Cynthia Calvillo and Andre Fili cleared six figures by winning their respective bouts, pre-bonus announcements. Calvillo topped the payroll at $122,750 thanks to Jessica Eye forfeiting 25% of her purse. Karl Roberson gave up 30% of his purse to Marvin Vettori, who did get an extra $50,000 for Performance of the Night to get him to $148,000. Lastly, Zarrukh Adashev forfeited 20% to Tyson Nam for his weight miss. None of the fighters who missed weight won their bouts, so it was extra costly.

Total payroll was $782,000, and it should be noted that Jordan Griffin vs. Derrick Minner would’ve been a battle between $12k/$12k vs. $10k/$10k had it not been cancelled. I can’t remember the last time a UFC card had total payouts below $800k.

Here’s the full set of purses per the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As usual, we must note that this does not include Reebok sponsorship money, post-fight bonuses, discretionary bonuses, etc.

Main Card

Cynthia Calvillo: $122,750 (includes $55,000 win bonus, along with $12,750 from Eye’s purse)
Jessica Eye: $38,250 (subtracts $12,750 for missing weight)

Marvin Vettori: $98,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus, along with $12,000 from Roberson’s purse)
Karl Roberson: $28,000 (subtracts $12,000 for missing weight)

Charles Rosa: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
Kevin Aguilar: $25,000

Andre Fili: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
Charles Jourdain: $16,000

Jordan Espinosa: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Mark De La Rosa: $21,000

Mariya Agapova: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Hannah Cifers: $35,000

Preliminary Card

Merab Dvalishvili: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Gustavo Lopez: $12,000

Julia Avila: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Gina Mazany: $16,000

Tyson Nam: $30,800 (includes $14,000 win bonus, along with $2,800 from Adashev’s purse)
Zarrukh Adashev: $11,200 (subtracts $2,800 for missing weight)

Christian Aguilera: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Anthony Ivy: $12,000

If you’re curious about the Reebok money, check the numbers below.

Reebok pay tiers (H/T Zane Simon)

$3,500 - Jourdain, Agapova, Lopez, Avila, Nam, Adashev, Aguilera, Ivy

$5,000 - Calvillo, Vettori, Roberson, Rosa, Aguilar, Espinosa, De La Rosa, Cifers, Dvalishvili, Mazany

$10,000 - Eye, Fili