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Tony Ferguson earns $500,000 payday to lead all salaries at UFC 249

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UFC 249 Ferguson v Gaethje Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Tony Ferguson may not have gotten the victory this past Saturday night at UFC 249, but he did walk away with the biggest payday on the entire card.

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

Calvin Kattar: $116,100 — his salary included a fine paid by Jeremy Stephens after he failed to make weight.

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