UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson led the disclosed payroll for The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale by a wide margin, cashing a flat $350,000 payday for his successful title defense over TUF 24 winner Tim Elliott, according to figures released by the Nevada Athletic Commission to MMA Fighting on Monday.
Johnson, 30, persevered through early trouble to capture a unanimous decision win over Elliott and make the ninth consecutive defense of his 125-pound UFC title. Elliott, who earned the title shot with a successful run through the TUF 24 tournament, earned $100,000 in defeat.
TUF 24 Finale took place Dec. 3 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The night's main card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
Aside from the two headliners, two other fighters on the card hit the six-figure mark in earnings: flyweight TUF coach Joseph Benavidez and welterweight veteran Jorge Masvidal. Benavidez cashed a $140,000 purse for his exciting back-and-forth victory over fellow TUF coach Henry Cejudo ($50,000) in the night's co-main event, while Masvidal earned $120,000 for a first-round TKO win over Jake Ellenberger ($78,000) on the main card.
A complete list of TUF 24 Finale salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, contractual bonuses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1)
Demetrious Johnson ($350,000 + no win bonus = $350,000) def. Tim Elliott ($100,000)
Joseph Benavidez ($70,000 + $70,000 = $140,000) def. Henry Cejudo ($50,000)
Jorge Masvidal ($60,000 + $60,000 = $120,000) def. Jake Ellenberger ($78,000)
Jared Cannonier (12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Ion Cutelaba ($12,000)
Sara McMann ($28,000 + $28,000 = $56,000) def. Alexis Davis ($27,000)
Brandon Moreno ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Ryan Benoit ($15,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Ryan Hall ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Gray Maynard ($51,000)
Rob Font ($16,500 + $16,500 = $33,000) def. Matt Schnell ($10,000)
Dong Hyun Kim ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Brendan O'Reilly ($12,000)
Jamie Moyle ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Kailin Curran ($20,000)