May 14, 2016; Curitiba, Brazil; Cris Justino (red) reacts after defending Leslie Smith (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Arena Atletico Paranaense. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Cris Cyborg Earns Half-Million Dollar Payday to Lead UFC 222 Salaries

Cris Cyborg cashed in with a big payday for her first round drubbing of Yana Kunitskaya in the UFC 222 main event

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

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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