TJ Dillashaw tops UFC 177 fighter pay

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TJ Dillashaw was the big earner from UFC 177, and was the only fighter to pull in over six figures in a card that lacked star power.

The Bantamweight champion had to fight Joe Soto on just 24 hours notice after his initial opponent, former champion, Renan Barao pulled out following an illness that prevented him from making weight.

Dillashaw earned $100,000 for his win, as well as a $50,000 'Performance of the Night' bonus and a Harley Davidson bike as well - of which one was given to every winning fighter.

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Soto, who was moved up from the preliminary card, earned just $20,000 in official pay for his loss but it's likely that his acceptance of the fight on such short notice will see him comfortably reward by the UFC on the side.

The current disclosed payroll totalled out at $420,000 for the event, a figure which the UFC will recoup but the PPV is expected to have some of the lowest PPV sales in recent history so despite some exciting fights and finishes - it will likely be etched in to history as a 'bomb'.

Plagued by issues

Barao's withdrawl was the last in a long line of issues for the event. The initial co-main event, Demetrious Johnson versus Chris Cariaso for the UFC Flyweight title was moved to headline UFC 178 after the injury to UFC Light Heavyweight champ, Jon Jones forced him out of the event.

That left the event in bad enough shape and after former Olympic Gold Medalist, Henry Cejudo had to pull out of the event just before the weigh-in as well, it left the card with just eight fights from top to bottom.

Only two of those eight fights ended in decision and featured Yancy Medeiros finishing Damon Jackson with a rarely seen, reverse bulldog choke that left Jackson out cold.

Medeiros picked up a total of $74,000 in confirmed prize money, including a $50,000 'Performance of the Night' bonus, which made him the second biggest confirmed earner - just ahead of Carlos Diego Ferreira at $70,000.

Full list of pay

T.J. Dillashaw: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Joe Soto: $20,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Danny Castillo: $36,000

Bethe Correia: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Shayna Baszler: $8,000

Carlos Diego Ferreira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ramsey Nijem: $18,000

Yancy Medeiros: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Damon Jackson: $8,000

Derek Brunson: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Lorenz Larkin: $28,000

Anthony Hamilton: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Ruan Potts: $10,000

Chris Wade: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Cain Carrizosa: $8,000


Performance of the Night - TJ Dillashaw and Yancy Medeiros - $50,000

Fight of the Night - Carlos Diego Ferreira and Ramsey Nijem - $50,000 


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