In the final set of payroll figures released by the Nevada Athletic Commission, the UFC paid out a disclosed $702,000 for Thursday’s UFC Fight Night 80 event, which aired on UFC Fight Pass from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
The commission emailed the figures to MMATorch on Monday.
Topping the night’s earnings, surprisingly enough, was 19-year-old Sage Northcutt, who earned $80,000 for his victory over Cody Pfister on the night’s main card. Headline victor Rose Namajunas took home a disclosed $54,000 for her dominant win over Paige VanZant in the main event.
The full list of payouts is below:
-Rose Namajunas: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
-Paige VanZant: $40,000
-Michael Chiesa: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
-Jim Miller: $56,000
-Sage Northcutt: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
-Cody Pfister: $12,000
-Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
-Elias Theodorou: $20,000
-Tim Means: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
-John Howard: $27,000
-Sergio Moraes: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
-Omari Akhmedov: $14,000
-Kevin Casey: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
-Antonio Carlos Junior: $19,000
-Aljamain Sterling: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
-Johnny Eduardo: $14,000
-Santiago Ponzinibbio: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
-Andreas Stahl: $10,000
-Danny Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
-Nathan Coy: $10,000
-Zubaira Tukhugov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
-Phillipe Nover: $14,000
-Kailin Curran: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
-Emily Kagan: $10,000
Penick’s Analysis: There’s some backlash to the idea of Northcutt making that kind of money in his second fight, and I don’t understand it. More and more fighters should be making that kind of money. Fighters need to be pressing to get that kind of payout rather than lamenting the fact that someone else is making that money. All wages should go up, and there shouldn’t be backlash when a fighter finds a way to get paid, even if it’s more than you’d expect. Hell, especially if it’s more than you’d expect. Not every fighter is going to magically get the raise overnight, but the more fighters like Northcutt start driving up their own pay, others can start going up higher on their own deals.