UFC 166 Fighter Salaries, Attendance & Gate

Cain Velasquez UFC 166 post fight press      conference


UFC 166 Fighter Salaries, Attendance &      Gate

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And still champion….Cain Velasquez laid a hellacious beating on Junior dos Santos at UFC 166, and walked out with his belt and the biggest paycheck.

Before we go any further, we should note that the Texas Athletic Commission doesn’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 26 fighters that traded blows at the event (but please remember – this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event).


Attendance: 17,238
Gate: $2,500,000


Cain Velasquez: $400,000

Hector Lombard: $300,000

Gilbert Melendez: $235,000 ($175,000 to show, $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Daniel Cormier: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 win bonus)

Junior dos Santos: $130,000

Diego Sanchez: $130,000 ($70,000 to show, $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

John Dodson: $100,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Tony Ferguson: $100,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

K.J. Noons: $82,000 ($41,000 to show, $41,000 win bonus)

Tim Boetsch: $74,000 ($37,000 to show, $37,000 win bonus)

Gabriel Gonzaga: $68,000 ($34,000 to show, $34,000 win bonus)

Nate Marquardt: $40,000

Roy Nelson: $24,000

C.B. Dollaway: $24,000

Adlan Amagov: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

TJ Waldburger: $18,000

Sarah Kaufman: $17,000

George Sotiropoulos: $15,000

Kyoji Horiguchi: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Andre Fili: $10,800 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus, fined $1,200 for missing weight)

Jessica Eye:  $10,125 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus, $1,875 fine for failed drug test)

Mike Rio: $8,000

Jeremy Larsen: $9,200 ($8,000 to show, $1,200 from Fili for missing weight)

Dustin Pague: $8,000

Shawn Jordan: $6,000

Darrell Montague: $6,000


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