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UFC 245 salaries: Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington lead all fighters on $4.081 million payroll

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington battled it out in a grueling and bloody back and forth war for nearly five rounds in the UFC 245 main event but at least both fighters will go home with the biggest paychecks for anybody competing on the card this past Saturday night.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed the salaries from UFC 245 on Monday.

Usman and Covington both earned an event high $500,000 each for their welterweight showdown with an additional $50,000 going to champion and challenger for the “Fight of the Night.”

It was a nice increase in pay for Usman, who earned $350,000 in his previous fight when he won the welterweight title against Tyron Woodley back in March.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes took home the next highest salary after she earned $450,000 for her unanimous decision win over Germaine de Randamie.

It was a tougher fight than many expected as Nunes had to rely on her grappling and wrestling to put de Randamie on the mat round after round before earning a unanimous decision.

Despite coming up short in a split decision loss to Marlon Moraes, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo pocketed $400,000 in his first appearance at 135 pounds. That was more than even Max Holloway, who took home $350,000 for his fight against Alexander Volkanovski. The new featherweight champion from Australia earned $250,000 for his five round win over Holloway.

Here are the full salaries along with post fight bonuses from UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington:

Kamaru Usman: $550,000 — $500,000 flat fee plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’

Colby Covington: $550,000 — $500,000 flat fee plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’

Max Holloway: $350,000 flat fee

Alexander Volkanovski: $250,000 flat fee

Amanda Nunes: $450,000 — $350,000 to show, $100,000 to win

Germaine de Randamie: $100,000 flat fee

Marlon Moraes: $220,000 — $110,000 to show, $110,000 to win

Jose Aldo: $400,000

Petr Yan: $182,000 — $66,000 to show, $66,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’

Urijah Faber: $250,000 flat fee

Mike Perry: $90,000

Geoff Neal: $62,000 — $31,000 to show, $31,000 to win

Ketlen Vieira: $33,000

Irene Aldana: $130,000 — $40,000 to show, $40,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’

Ian Heinisch: $25,000

Omari Akhemedov: $110,000 — $55,000 to show, $55,000 to win

Matt Brown: $160,000 — $80,000 to show, $80,000 to win

Ben Saunders: $35,000

Chase Hooper: $48,000 — $24,000 to show, $24,000 to win

Daniel Teymur: $18,000

Brandon Moreno: $62,000 — $31,000 to show, $31,000 to win

Kai-Kara France: $25,000

Jessica Eye: $81,600 — $33,600 to show, $48,000 to win (Eye paid $14,400 of her show money to Araujo as penalty for missing weight on Friday)

Viviane Araujo: $59,400 — $45,000 to show (plus $14,400 paid from Eye for missing weight)

Puna Soriano: $20,000 — $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win

Oskar Piechota: $20,000

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