UFC Vegas: Reduced Salaries And Lengthy Medical Suspensions

UFC Vegas ended with a devastating one-sided bout between Gilbert Burns and Tyron Woodley, where the former champion was out struck for five long rounds. Despite the loss, ‘The Chosen One’ still received the highest disclosed salary; walking out of the Octagon with $200,000. Although that seems like a fair reward, he unfortunately lost out on a pre-agreed $150,000 win bonus.

His opponent, Burns, officially received $168,000 but edged his way to the top of the pile when he was awarded a further $50,000 for a performance of the night victory.

On the whole, the salaries for UFC Vegas were considerably lower than other UFC events in recent weeks.

Below is the full list of salaries, as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (via MMA Fighting).

UFC Vegas Salaries:

Tyron Woodley: $200,000 (win bonus would have been $150,000)

Gilbert Burns: $218,000 — $84,000 to show, $84,000 to win. Plus $50,000 for his Performance of the Night.

Augusto Sakai: $100,000 — $50,000 to show, $50,000 to win.

Blagoy Ivanov: $60,000

Billy Quarantillo: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win.

Spike Carlyle: $12,000

Roosevelt Roberts: $46,400 — $22,000 to show, $22,000 to win. Plus $2,400 for his opponent missing weight.

Brok Weaver: $9,600 — $12,000 to show. Minus $2,400 paid as penalty for missing weight.

Mackenzie Dern: $116,000 — $33,000 to show, $33,000 to win. Plus $50,000 for her Performance of the Night.

Hannah Cifers: $25,000

Katlyn Chookagian: $120,000 — $60,000 to show, $60,000 to win.

Antonina Shevchenko: $35,000

Daniel Rodriguez: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win.

Gabriel Green: $12,000

Jamahal Hill: $24,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win.

Klidson Abreu: $18,000

Brandon Royval: $74,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win. Plus $50,000 for his Fight of the Night.

Tim Elliott: $81,000 — $31,000 to show. Plus $50,000 for his Fight of the Night.

Casey Kenney: $54,000 — $27,000 to show, $27,000 to win.

Louis Smolka: $48,000

Chris Gutierrez: $40,000 — $20,000 to show, $20,000 to win.

Vince Morales: $20,000


The card delivered an exciting variety of finishes for fans around the world to enjoy. However, the pace of these highlight fights took a toll on some of the athletes involved.

Notable Medical Suspensions

Spike Carlyle received a 180 day suspension after absorbing 110 strikes in his three round war with Billy Quarantillo. Vince Morales was also given the same lay-off, after suffering a fractured orbital in his second round TKO loss to Chris Guitierrez.

UFC Vegas Medical Suspensions:

Gilbert Burns: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Tyron Woodley: Suspended 45 days or until left eyebrow laceration is cleared by physician. No contact for 30 days.

Augusto Sakai: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Blagoy Ivanov: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Billy Quarantillo: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Spike Carlyle: Suspended 180 days or until left knee MRI is cleared by an orthopaedic physician. No contact for 21 days.

Roosevelt Roberts: No suspension 

Brok Weaver: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Mackenzie Dern: No suspension 

Hannah Cifers: No suspension 

Katlyn Chookagian: No suspension 

Antonina Shevchenko: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days. 

Daniel Rodriguez: No suspension 

Gabriel Green: No suspension 

Jamahal Hill: No suspension 

Klidson Abreu: Suspended 45 days. No contact for 30 days. 

Brandon Royval: No suspension 

Tim Elliott: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Casey Kenney: No suspension 

Louis Smolka: Suspended 30 days. No contact for 21 days.

Chris Gutierrez: No suspension

Vince Morales: Suspended 180 days or until right orbital fracture is cleared by ophthalmologist with minimum 45-day suspension. No contact for 30 day.

Are any of the salaries or medical suspensions from UFC Vegas surprising to you?


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