UFC 173 Salaries: Robbie Lawler ($200K), Daniel Cormier ($170K) Lead Fighter Payouts

By: Mike Whitman
May 27, 2014
Welterweight contender Robbie Lawler topped the UFC 173 payroll. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Robbie Lawler walked away from UFC 173 as the event’s highest-paid athlete, pocketing $200,000 for his third-round stoppage of Jake Ellenberger, who earned $68,000 in defeat.

Co-main event victor Daniel Cormier made $170,000 for his submission of Dan Henderson ($100,000), and headliner T.J. Dillashaw earned $36,000 for his title-winning performance against ex-champion Renan Barao ($74,000).

Nevada Athletic Commission officials announced the salaries on Tuesday, revealing the show and win money for all 24 fighters who competed at UFC 173. The event took place this past Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and aired live on pay-per-view.

UFC 173 also saw Takeya Mizugaki bag $58,000 in his unanimous decision victory over Francisco Rivera ($15,000), while “Ultimate Fighter” winners Michael Chiesa and Tony Ferguson each earned $40,000 after besting Francisco Trinaldo ($12,000) and Katsunori Kikuno ($10,000), respectively.

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 performance.

UFC 173 Salaries:

T.J. Dillashaw: $36,000
Renan Barao: $74,000

Daniel Cormier: $170,000
Dan Henderson: $100,000

Robbie Lawler: $200,000
Jake Ellenberger: $68,000

Takeya Mizugaki: $58,000
Francisco Rivera: $15,000

James Krause: $20,000
Jamie Varner: $17,000

Michael Chiesa: $40,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $12,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000
Katsunori Kikuno: $10,000

Chris Holdsworth: $30,000
Chico Camus: $12,000

Mitch Clarke: $20,000
Al Iaquinta: $14,000

Vinc Pichel: $16,000
Anthony Njokuani: $20,000

Sam Sicilia: $20,000
Aaron Phillips: $8,000

Jingliang Li: $16,000
David Michaud: $8,000

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