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UFC 216 salaries: Tony Ferguson cashes $500,000 for interim title win

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Tony Ferguson was the top earner at UFC 216.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Newly crowned UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was the top earner at UFC 216, serving as one of five fighters to clear the six-figure mark in earnings for his performance on Saturday night. The Nevada Athletic Commission released the event’s finalized salary information this weekend to MMA Fighting.

Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee with a third-round triangle choke to capture the UFC interim lightweight title in the night’s main event. “El Cucuy” cashed a $500,000 purse for his performance, while Lee earned $250,000 in a losing effort.

UFC 216 took place Oct. 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The night’s main card aired live on pay-per-view.

The three other UFC 216 fighters who cleared the six-figure mark in earnings were: Fabricio Werdum ($400,000); UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson ($370,000), who broke Anderson Silva’s all-time record for consecutive UFC title defenses; and Ray Borg ($100,000).

In addition to their commission-reported salaries, Johnson, Lando Vannata, Bobby Green, and John Moraga also took home $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.

Notably, heavyweight veteran Mark Godbeer — whose fight against Walt Harris was canceled hours before the event — was paid his $15,000 show purse and $15,000 win purse despite not competing, per NAC officials.

A complete list of the UFC 216 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, pay-per-view earnings or discretionary bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (PPV)
Tony Ferguson ($250,000 + $250,000 = $500,000) def. Kevin Lee ($250,000)
Demetrious Johnson ($370,000 + no win bonus = $370,000) def. Ray Borg ($100,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($275,000 + $125,000 = $400,000) def. Walt Harris ($28,000)
Mara Romero Borella ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Kalindra Faria ($12,000)
Beneil Dariush ($48,000) vs. Evan Dunham ($40,000) ruled majority draw

Preliminary Card (FXX)
Cody Stamann ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Tom Duquesnoy ($23,000)
Bobby Green ($24,000) vs. Lando Vannata ($25,000) ruled split draw
Poliana Botelho ($10,000) def. Pearl Gonzalez ($10,000)
Matt Schnell ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Marco Beltran ($14,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
John Moraga ($34,000 + $34,000 = $68,000) def. Magomed Bibulatov ($17,000)
Brad Tavares ($37,000 + $37,000 = $74,000) def. Thales Leites ($57,000)