Last year, just one fighter cracked the million-dollar mark in terms of reported salary.
Care to take a guess at who it was? Of course, it was none other than Conor McGregor.
While some believe the UFC is losing ground to other MMA promotions, the numbers still show a big difference between competing inside the Octagon and outside of it.
The below list, courtesy of MMA-Manifesto, includes reported salary (or estimated based on previous fights), fight-night bonuses (typically $50,000 unless noted) and the UFC-Reebok sponsorship deal. They do not include portions of pay-per-view revenue or other monies handed out.
10. Daniel Cormier, $650,000
Three fights, three pay-per-view main events and two wins. That was 2015 in a nutshell for Daniel Cormier.
The former Olympic wrestler lost to Jon Jones at UFC 182 via decision, won the title in May at UFC 187 by submitting Anthony Johnson and concluded the calendar year with an October decision over Alexander Gustafsson to defend the belt.
Cormier and Jones opened the year for the UFC by bringing in $3.7 million at the gate in Las Vegas, with “DC” earning just $90,000. He did claim a “Fight of the Night” bonus and $50,000 additional for the bout.
That number only doubled when he defeated Johnson, as a win bonus kicked in for Cormier. He did score a “Performance of the Night” bonus. It was likely more of the same vs. Gustafsson, though that card did generate almost $1.9 million.
Despite all that, he still only ranked 10th on this list.