(Getting props from Pat Barry afterwards: Priceless. / Photo via MMAFighting)
The UFC paid out $625,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the 22 fighters who competed at Friday’s TUF 20 Finale. Leading the pack is new strawweight champion Carla Esparza, who doubled her $25,000 show-money by choking out Rose Namajunas, then earned an additional $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for the effort. Lightweight main-carder Yancy Medeiros was a close second, raking in $80,000 in total prize money.
The full TUF 20 Finale salary list is below, via Sherdog. Keep in mind that these figures don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships or undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or deductions due to taxes, insurance, and license fees.
Carla Esparza: $100,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
Rose Namajunas: $25,000
Charles Oliveira: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)*
Jeremy Stephens: $40,000
Daron Cruickshank: $17,000
K.J. Noons: $31,000
Note: The fight ended in a no-contest, and neither fighter was paid a win bonus.
Yancy Medeiros: $80,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
Joe Proctor: $10,000