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UFC 196 salaries: Conor McGregor earns UFC's first million-dollar purse in defeat

Conor McGregor may have lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, but he still made history in other ways. McGregor became the first UFC fighter to pull in a seven-figure fight purse on Saturday night, earning $1,000,000 despite succumbing to a second-round rear-naked choke at the hands of Diaz, according to figures released to MMA Fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Diaz, a late replacement for the injured UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, pocketed a $500,000 payday in victory, joining former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm ($500,000) among the top earners of the card. Holm suffered a stunning defeat to Miesha Tate ($92,000) in the night's co-main event, forfeiting her belt via fifth-round submission.

UFC 196 took place March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The main card is expected to be one of the highest-selling pay-per-views in UFC history.

Aside from the three featured fighters, UFC veteran Diego Sanchez was the only other fighter to hit the six-figure mark in winnings. Sanchez earned $150,000 for his slump-busting unanimous decision victory over Jim Miller, which headlined the UFC Fight Pass prelims portion of the card.

In addition to their commission-reported salaries, Diaz (x2), McGregor, and Tate all took home $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.

A complete list of the UFC 196 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, pay-per-view bonuses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main card (Pay-per-view)
Nate Diaz ($500,000 + no win bonus = $500,000) def. Conor McGregor ($1,000,000)
Miesha Tate ($46,000 + $46,000 = $92,000) def. Holly Holm ($500,000)
Ilir Latifi ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Gian Villante ($36,000)
Corey Anderson ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Tom Lawlor ($28,000)
Amanda Nunes ($28,000 + $28,000 = $56,000) def. Valentina Shevchenko ($14,000)

Preliminary card (FOX Sports 1)
Siyar Bahadurzada ($19,000 + $19,000 = $38,000) def. Brandon Thatch ($22,000)
Nordine Taleb ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Erick Silva ($34,000)
Vitor Miranda ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Marcelo Guimaraes ($13,000)
Darren Elkins ($37,000 + $37,000 = $74,000) def. Chas Skelly ($21,000)

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Diego Sanchez ($75,000 + $75,000 = $150,000) def. Jim Miller ($59,000)
Jason Saggo ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Justin Salas ($16,000)
Teruto Ishihara ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Julian Erosa ($12,000)

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