Rafael dos Anjos may have cemented his position as UFC lightweight champion with a first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the UFC on FOX 17 main event, but he wasn’t the top earner on the payroll.
That distinction went to Alistair Overeem, who finished out his UFC contract with a victory over Junior dos Santos, as he heads into free agency. Overeem was paid a disclosed purse of $542,857, which easily eclipsed dos Anjos’ $300,000.
Aside from Overeem, his opponent, dos Santos, also earned more than the lightweight champion, scoring a $400,000 payday.
UFC on FOX 17: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone took place on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
UFC on FOX 17: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 Fighter Salaries
Rafael dos Anjos: $300,000 (includes no win bonus)
def. Donald Cerrone: $79,000
Alistair Overeem: $542,857 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Junior dos Santos: $400,000
Nate Diaz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $30,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $12,000
Charles Oliveira: $66,600 (includes $37,000 win bonus)*
def. Myles Jury: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. C.B. Dollaway: $40,000
Valentina Shevchenko: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $22,000
Tamdan McCrory: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Samman: $10,000
Nik Lentz: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $39,000
Cole Miller: $33,000 vs. Jim Alers: $10,000 (fight ruled a no contest)
Kamaru Usman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leon Edwards: $15,000
Vicente Luque: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Henrique: $10,000
*Oliveira forfeited 20-percent of his show purse for missing weight
UFC on FOX 17 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,994,857
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