04 Dec - 
TUF 28 Finale salaries: Kamaru Usman tops payroll at $150,000

Check out the fighter payouts from Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official fight purses from Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale. This was a low-level card featuring only a few ranked fighters, of which two were in the main event. UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman was the top earner at $150,000, getting $75,000 base pay along with the $75,000 to win. Of course, he also got a $50,000 performance bonus to make it $200,000, but we’re only focusing on the money that was guaranteed immediately after Friday night’s results. Perhaps Usman’s next fight could be for the title, and thus a much bigger payday.

Joseph Benavidez was the next highest earner at $146,000 ($73,000/$73,000) for his TKO of Alex Perez, while Rafael dos Anjos ($110,000) was the only other fighter with a six-figure payday, and the only one who had a six-figure base pay.

As usual, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as things such as Reebok sponsorship and discretionary bonuses are not publicly disclosed. The total payroll for this event was $1,007,000.

(Via MMA Fighting)

Main card (FOX Sports 1)

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)

Preliminary card (FOX Sports 1)

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)

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)

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)

*Ji Yeon Kim forfeited a percentage of her purse to Antonina Shevchenko as a result of missing weight.

**Rick Glenn forfeited a percentage of his purse to Kevin Aguilar as a result of missing weight.