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Stipe Miocic to make guaranteed $750K for UFC 226; Daniel Cormier makes guaranteed $500K

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS — Stipe Miocic said Monday at a UFC media day that this is the first time he’s been happy with his fight money. Now, we know one of those numbers he’ll be earning this weekend.

The UFC heavyweight champion will make a guaranteed $750,000 at UFC 226 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, per a document obtained from the Nevada Athletic Commission. MMAjunkie was first to report the information. Miocic will defend the title against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a superfight. Cormier, meanwhile, will take home a guaranteed $500,000.

Both Miocic and Cormier will likely receive more than that base pay after the pay-per-view revenue is tallied. Neither have win bonuses.

In a revamped co-main event, Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis will meet in a heavyweight contest. Lewis will get a guaranteed $130,000, plus another $130,000 if he wins. Ngannou will take home a guaranteed $100,000, with another $100,000 added on with a victory.

Also in the six-figure category at UFC 226, Anthony Pettis will make $135,000 to show and another $135,000 if he wins, plus a percentage of his opponent Michael Chiesa’s purse after Chiesa missed weight Friday. Chiesa was set to make $48,000 to show and another $48,000 if he won, before the reduction.

The original UFC 226 co-main event was a featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and challenger Brian Ortega. Holloway pulled out Wednesday night due to concussion-like symptoms. He would have made a guaranteed $350,000 had he fought, plus likely a part of the pay-per-view revenue. Ortega missed out on a $250,000 guaranteed purse.

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