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UFC 222 salaries: Cris Cyborg handily leads payroll for Yana Kunitskaya win

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Cris Cyborg was the big winner at UFC 220.
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UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg handily led the disclosed payroll at UFC 222, cashing $500,000 for her championship victory over Yana Kunitskaya.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released the event’s finalized salary information to MMA Fighting on Monday.

Cyborg scored a first-round knockout over Kunitskaya — the former Invicta FC bantamweight champion — in the main event of UFC 222. Kunitskaya earned a disclosed paycheck of $100,000 in defeat.

UFC 222 took place March 3 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The night’s main card aired live on pay-per-view.

Aside from the two headliners, three other fighters cleared the six-figure mark in earnings: Andrei Arlovski ($275,000), Brian Ortega ($200,000), and Frankie Edgar ($195,000).

Notably, jiu-jitsu phenom Mackenzie Dern earned a $25,000/$25,000 show/win split for her much-anticipated UFC debut. Dern defeated Ashley Yoder via split decision.

In addition to their commission-reported salaries, main card fighters Ortega, Sean O’Malley, Andre Soukhamthath, and undercard newcomer Alexander Hernandez also took home $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.

A complete list of the UFC 222 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 (Pay-per-view)
Cris Cyborg ($500,000 + no win bonus = $500,000) def. Yana Kunitskaya ($100,000)
Brian Ortega ($100,000 + $100,000 = $200,000) def. Frankie Edgar ($195,000)
Sean O’Malley ($22,000 + $22,000 = $44,000) def. Andre Soukhamthath ($19,000)
Andrei Arlovski ($275,000 + no win bonus = $275,000) def. Stefan Struve ($77,000)
Ketlen Vieira ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Cat Zingano ($35,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Mackenzie Dern ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Ashley Yoder ($12,000)
Alexander Hernandez ($13,000 + $13,000 = $26,000) def. Beneil Dariush ($48,000)
John Dodson ($41,000 + $41,000 = $82,000) def. Pedro Munhoz ($34,000)
C.B. Dolloway ($46,000 + $46,000 = $92,000) def. Hector Lombard ($62,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Zak Ottow ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Mike Pyle ($55,000)
Cody Stamann ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Bryan Caraway ($21,000)
Jordan Johnson ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Adam Milstead ($12,000)