The former interim lightweight champion earned a $500,000 flat rate salary for his battle against Justin Gaethje, which also took home “Fight of the Night” honors as well.
That’s a massive increase in total pay from Ferguson’s last publicly disclosed salary when he fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 in 2018 where he earned $155,000 for the win. Ferguson’s salary for his fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was not made public.
Meanwhile, Gaethje will go home with $350,000 in disclosed salary along with the interim lightweight title that sets him up for an even bigger opportunity to face Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year. In addition to his salary, Gaethje also earned another $100,000 in post-fight bonus money for his part in “Fight of the Night” as well as a “Performance of the Night” award as well.
That brings Gaethje’s total post fight bonus winnings to $450,000 with nine bonuses earned over seven fights in the UFC.
Here are the full salaries for UFC 249 as provided by the Florida State Boxing Commission:
Tony Ferguson: $550,000 — $500,000 flat fee plus $50,000 for “Fight of the Night.”
Justin Gaethje: $450,000 — $350,000 salary plus $100,000 for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night
Henry Cejudo: $350,000
Dominick Cruz: $300,000
Francis Ngannou: $310,000 — $260,000 salary plus $50,000 for “Performance of the Night”
Jairzinho Rozenstruick: $80,000
Jeremy Stephens: $46,900
Greg Hardy: $180,000
Yorgan De Castro: $12,000
Anthony Pettis: $310,000
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone: $200,000
Aleksei Oleinik: $160,000
Fabricio Werdum: $100,000
Carla Esparza: $102,000
Michelle Waterson: $60,000
Vicente Luque: $180,000
Niko Price: $57,000
Bryce Mitchell: $54,000
Charles Rosa: $24,000
Ryan Spann: $50,000
Sam Alvey: $65,000