Cris Cyborg Earns Half-Million Dollar Payday to Lead UFC 222 Salaries
Cris Cyborg earned more than $2,400 per second to defeat Yana Kunitskaya in the main event at UFC 222 this past Saturday night.
Cyborg took home $500,000 for her win over Kunitskaya after accepting the bout on short notice after the UFC needed a new main event for the card following an injury to featherweight champion Max Holloway.
It took Cyborg less than four minutes to dispatch Kunitskaya in the opening round as she earns the same payday as she did for her five round battle against Holly Holm last December at UFC 219.
For her part, Kunitskaya took home $100,000 in defeat.
In the co-main event, Brian Ortega cashed in with a $250,000 payday for his win over Frankie Edgar that secured his shot at the featherweight title later this year. Ortega earned $200,000 in fight salary after inking a new multi-fight contract with the UFC just before this event while also taking home an extra $50,000 for a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
Meanwhile, Edgar earned a flat $195,000 for his part in the featherweight title eliminator.
One other notable salary comes on the preliminary card as newcomer Mackenzie Dern earned $50,000 for her UFC debut where she earned a split decision over Ashley Yoder. Dern has been viewed as one of the top prospects in the women’s strawweight division and she was definitely paid well for her first fight inside the Octagon.
Here are the full salaries for UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya
Cris Cyborg: $500,000
Yana Kunitskaya: $100,000
Brian Ortega: $250,000 — $100,000 to show, $100,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’.
Frankie Edgar: $195,000
Sean O’Malley: $94,000 — $22,000 to show, $22,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’
Andre Soukhamthath: $69,000 — $19,000 to show plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’
Andrei Arlovski: $275,000
Stefan Struve: $77,000
Ketlen Vieira: $60,000 — $30,000 to show, $30,000 to win
Cat Zingano: $35,000
Mackenzie Dern: $50,000 — $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win
Ashley Yoder: $12,000
Alexander Hernandez: $76,000 — $13,000 to show, $13,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’
Beneil Dariush: $48,000
John Dodson: $82,000 — $41,000 to show, $41,000 to win
Pedro Munhoz: $34,000
CB Dollaway: $92,000 — $46,000 to show, $46,000 to win
Hector Lombard: $62,000
Zak Ottow: $36,000 — $18,000 to show, $18,000 to win
Mike Pyle: $55,000
Cody Stamann: $40,000 — $20,000 to show, $20,000 to win
Bryan Caraway: $21,000
Jordan Johnson: $28,000 — $14,000 to show, $14,000 to win
Adam Milstead: $12,000