UFC 249 Salaries: Tony Ferguson ($500K) Leads 13 Fighters Earning Six-Figure Paydays

By: Tristen Critchfield
May 12, 2020


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Tony Ferguson didn’t leave UFC 249 with the interim lightweight belt, but he did earn a larger payday than opponent Justin Gaethje.

Ferguson garnered an event-high $500,000 in a fifth-round technical knockout loss to Gaethje ($350,000) in Saturday’s headliner at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The Florida State Boxing Commission released salaries from UFC 249 to Sherdog.com on Tuesday.

In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo took home a $350,000 paycheck for his second-round stoppage of Dominick Cruz ($300,000). The next highest earner on the card was ex-lightweight king Anthony Pettis ($310,000), who outpointed Donald Cerrone ($200,000) in a preliminary welterweight clash.

All told, 13 fighters from Saturday earned six-figure paydays.

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 249 Salaries:

Justin Gaethje: $350,000
Tony Ferguson: $500,000

Henry Cejudo: $350,000
Dominick Cruz: $300,000

Francis Ngannou: $260,000
Jairzinho Rozenstruik: $80,000

Calvin Kattar: $116,100*
Jeremy Stephens: $46,900*

Greg Hardy: $180,000
Yorgan De Castro: $12,000

Anthony Pettis: $310,000
Donald Cerrone: $200,000

Alexey Oleynik: $160,000
Fabricio Werdum: $100,000

Carla Esparza: $102,000
Michelle Waterson: $60,000

Vicente Luque: $180,000
Niko Price: $57,000

Bryce Mitchell: $54,000
Charles Rosa: $24,000

Ryan Spann: $50,000
Sam Alvey: $65,000

*Kattar received 30 percent of Stephens’ purse after Stephens was fined for missing weight Advertisement
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