UFC 191 Salaries: Champ Demetrious Johnson ($191K) Earns Event’s Fourth-Highest Payday

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 8, 2015
Demetrious Johnson had another dominant showing at UFC 191. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Demetrious Johnson continued to prove that he is one the sport’s pound-for-pound best performers at UFC 191, but that didn’t mean he topped Saturday’s payroll.

“Mighty Mouse” garnered $191,000 for his dominant five-round verdict over John Dodson ($60,000) in the UFC 191 headliner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, according to salary figures released by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday. Three fighters – Andrei Arlovski ($225,000), Frank Mir ($200,000) and Anthony Johnson ($230,000) -- took home more than the reigning flyweight king.

Arlovski earned his fourth straight Octagon triumph with a unanimous decision over Mir in the evening’s co-main event. Neither heavyweight was scheduled to receive a win bonus. Meanwhile, Johnson garnered the night’s biggest paycheck for his second-round knockout of Jimi Manuwa ($24,000) in a light heavyweight affair.

The card’s other high earner was 17-time Octagon veteran Ross Pearson, who pocketed $90,000 for a hard-fought split decision triumph over Paul Felder ($18,000) in a featured preliminary scrap.

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 191 Salaries:

Demetrious Johnson: $191,000 (includes $58,000 win bonus)
John Dodson: $60,000

Andrei Arlovski: $225,000
Frank Mir: $200,000

Anthony Johnson: $230,000 (includes $115,000 win bonus)
Jimi Manuwa: $24,000

Corey Anderson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Jan Blachowicz: $34,000

Paige VanZant: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Alex Chambers: $12,000

Ross Pearson: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
Paul Felder: $18,000

John Lineker: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Francisco Rivera: $23,000

Raquel Pennington: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jessica Andrade: $20,000

Tiago dos Santos e Silva: $20,000 (includes $10,000 bonus)
Clay Collard: $10,000

Joe Riggs: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Ron Stallings: $12,000

Joaquim Silva: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Nazareno Malegarie: $10,000

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