TUF 28 Finale salaries: Usman, Benavidez, dos Anjos get six-figure paydays
TUF 28 Finale headliner Kamaru Usman picked up the biggest win of his career, and he had the night’s biggest payday to go with it.
Usman (14-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (28-11 MMA, 17-9 UFC) in the main event. For the win, Usman made a disclosed $150,000, including a $75,000 bonus for the victory. Dos Anjos took home $110,000 from the loss.
The night’s other big payday went to Joseph Benavidez (26-5 MMA, 13-3 UFC) for his flyweight knockout win over Alex Perez (21-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) on the preliminary card. Benavidez took home $146,000, including a $73,000 win bonus.
The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale took place Friday at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. MMAjunkie obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the NSAC.
The total disclosed payout for the event was $1,007,000.
The full list of TUF 28 Finale salaries includes:
Kamaru Usman: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $110,000
Joseph Benavidez: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Perez: $22,000
*Kim forfeited $6,000 of her show money to Shevchenko for missing weight.
**Glenn forfeited $5,000 of his show money to Aguilar for missing weight.
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official TUF 28 Finale Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.
For example, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 TUF 28 Finale fight-night bonuses to Usman, Espino, Benavidez and Roberts for “Performance of the Night.”
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.