03 Dec - 
TUF 28 Finale payouts, salaries: Kamaru Usman leads payday way with $150k

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently tied a ribbon around season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on FOX Sports 1, where Dana White and Co. crowned new TUF champions in the men’s heavyweight (Juan Espino) and women’s featherweight (Macy Chiasson) divisions.

It also eliminated one fighter from the crowded 170-pound title chase, as Rafael dos Anjos was out-muscled by Kamaru Usman in the welterweight main event last Friday night (Nov. 30, 2018) inside Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada (replay here).

Both fighters collected six figures for their efforts, as did “Prelims” sensation Joseph Benavidez for his destruction of Alex Perez. And yes, up-and-coming fighters are still paid $10,000 to compete in 2018.

Complete TUF 28 Finale payouts and salaries below:

Kamaru Usman ($75,000 + $75,000 = $150,000) def. Rafael dos Anjos ($110,000)
Juan Espino ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Justin Frazier ($15,000)
Macy Chiasson ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Pannie Kianzad ($15,000)
Pedro Munhoz ($45,000 + $45,000 = $90,000) def. Bryan Caraway ($21,000)
Edmen Shahbazyan ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Darren Stewart ($22,000)
Antonina Shevchenko ($15,000 + $15,000 + $6,000* = $36,000) def. Ji Yeon Kim ($20,000 - $6,000* = $14,000)
Kevin Aguilar ($10,000 + $10,000 + $5,000* = $25,000) def. Rick Glenn ($25,000 - $5,000* = $20,000)
Joseph Benavidez ($73,000 + $73,000 = $146,000) def. Alex Perez ($22,000)
Maurice Greene ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Michel Batista ($10,000)
Leah Letson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Julija Stoliarenko ($10,000)
Roosevelt Roberts ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Darrell Horcher ($15,000)
Tim Means ($49,000 + $49,000 = $98,000) def. Ricky Rainey ($14,000)
Raoni Barcelos ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Chris Gutierrez ($10,000)

*Docked for missing weight

The total disclosed payroll for TUF 28 Finale was $1,007,000.

Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, Reebok sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.

For example, the promotion often hands out extra cash for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” bonuses. To check out those figures for “Usman vs Dos Anjos” click here.

For complete TUF 28 Finale results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.