UFC 194 Payroll: Conor McGregor tops disclosed earnings with $500K payout

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the disclosed payroll figures for Saturday’s UFC 194 event at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas. The disclosed payroll came in at just over $2.5 million, topped by new UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor with a base $500,000 payout.

Jose Aldo earned the second most of the disclosed payouts, taking home $400,000 out of the 13-second loss in the main event. New UFC Middleweight Champ Luke Rockhold earned just $160,000 in disclosed earnings, while Chris Weidman took home $275,000 in the loss.

The disclosed earnings reported to the commission are base contractual payouts, not including any pay-per-view earnings or discretionary bonuses.

The full list of payouts for the event, which drew a live gate of $10.1 million and is expected to have brought over a million buys on pay-per-view, was emailed to MMATorch on Monday, and you can see them below:

-Conor McGregor: $500,000 (no win bonus)
-Jose Aldo: $400,000

-Luke Rockhold: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
-Chris Weidman: $275,000

-Yoel Romero: $150,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
-Ronaldo Souza: $135,000

-Demian Maia: $156,000 (includes $78,000 win bonus)
-Gunnar Nelson: $75,000

-Max Holloway: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
-Jeremy Stephens: $43,000

-Urijah Faber: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
-Frankie Saenz: $20,000

-Tecia Torres: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
-Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000

-Warlley Alves: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
-Colby Covington: $18,000

-Leonardo Santos: $40,000 (includes $20,o00 win bonus)
-Kevin Lee: $21,000

-Magomed Mustafaev: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
-Joe Proctor: $13,000

-Yancy Medeiros: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
-John Makdessi: $30,000

-Court McGee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
-Marcio Alexandre Jr.: $12,000

Penick’s Analysis: Obviously McGregor isn’t going home with only $500,000, but the very fact that the disclosed earnings are only a fifth of the live gate for this event is somewhat damning. McGregor and Aldo will be getting some type of pay-per-view payout, as well as – I’m assuming – Rockhold and Weidman. Still, the UFC’s obviously not paying out at an acceptable level for the revenues they’re bringing in, regardless of what their expenses might happen to be.

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