The official payouts for UFC 216
released by the Nevada Athletic Commission show that “El Cucuy”
made $500,000 — $250,000 to show and the same figure to win — for
his third-round triangle choke over Kevin Lee,
while Lee made $250,000. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious
Johnson set the consecutive UFC title defense record in the
co-headliner, taking his 11th straight title fight win over
Borg. For his “Submission of the Year” shoo-in, “Mighty Mouse”
earned a reported $370,000 flat with no win bonus. Borg’s pay was
UFC 216 took place Oct. 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The interesting parts of the UFC 216 payout ledger lay elsewhere.
The card featured two lightweight bouts ending in draws — Beneil
and the “Fight of the Night” between Bobby Green
Vannata — meaning that all four 155-pounders walked away with
just their show money. Dariush and Dunham earned $48,000 and
$40,000 respectively, while Green and Vannatta took home $24,000
and $25,000, their performance bonuses excluded.
Most interestingly, the NAC confirmed on Monday that British
Godbeer had been paid $30,000 — $15,000 to show and the same to
win — despite his scheduled fight with Walt Harris
being canceled on fight night when Harris filled in for an injured
Lewis versus Fabricio
Werdum. A 155-pound contest between Will Brooks
Lentz was also scheduled for the card and canceled on weigh-in
day due to a Lentz illness but neither man appears on the payout
ledger, likely as a result of the UFC seeking to rebook the contest
within a 30-day window. Brooks was set to make $53,000 to show and
the same to win, while Lentz was on the books for $41,000 to show
and double for a win.
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic
commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary
bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion.
Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions
made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not
include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their