As always, it's good to be king. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor easily topped the disclosed payroll for UFC 194, banking a cool $500,000 for his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at Saturday's pay-per-view, according to information released to MMA Fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
After telling the world for nearly a year what he would do against Aldo, McGregor went out and kept his promises, flooring the all-time great with a left hook in the opening stages of the fight. Counting only his disclosed salary and not any post-fight or pay-per-view bonuses, McGregor averaged earnings of more than $38,461 per second for his stunning finish of Aldo.
The former champion Aldo, meanwhile, earned $400,000 in a losing effort.
UFC 194 took place on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the night's co-main event, Luke Rockhold ($160,000) upset Chris Weidman ($275,000) with a brutal fourth-round TKO to capture the UFC middleweight title.
In addition to their NAC-reported salaries, McGregor, Rockhold, Weidman, and undercard winner Leonardo Santos all scored $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.
A complete list of the UFC 194 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, pay-per-view incomes, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Conor McGregor ($500,000 + no win bonus = $500,000) def. Jose Aldo ($400,000)
Luke Rockhold ($80,000 + $80,000 = $160,000) def. Chris Weidman ($275,000)
Yoel Romero ($125,000 + $25,000 = $150,000) def. Ronaldo Souza ($135,000)
Demian Maia ($78,000 + $78,000 = $156,000) def. Gunnar Nelson ($75,000)
Max Holloway ($45,000 + $45,000 = $90,000) def. Jeremy Stephens ($43,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Urijah Faber ($150,000 + $150,000 = $300,000) def. Frankie Saenz ($20,000)
Tecia Torres ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger ($10,000)
Warlley Alves ($21,000 + $21,000 = $42,000) def. Colby Covington ($18,000)
Leonardo Santos ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Kevin Lee ($21,000)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Magomeod Mustafaev ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Joe Proctor ($13,000)
Yancy Medeiros ($21,000 + $21,000 = $42,000) def. John Makdessi ($30,000)
Court McGee ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Marcio Alexandre Junior ($12,000)