Stipe Miocic Set to Earn Biggest Disclosed Payday of His Career for UFC 226 Main Event

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will earn a big paycheck for his super fight showdown against Daniel Cormier on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Stipe Miocic said he was happy about his paycheck ahead of UFC 226 and now we know why.

The reigning and defending heavyweight champion is set to make $750,000 for his fight against Daniel Cormier in the main event for UFC 226 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The salaries for the fighters on the card were revealed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday.

Miocic has been at odds with the UFC in the past over his pay, especially after he earned $200,000 less Alistair Overeem in 2016 — a fight the Ohio native won by first round knockout.

It appears Miocic and the UFC have come to better terms in recent fights after he earned $600,000 for his fight against Francis Ngannou in January and will now make $750,000 for his matchup against Cormier on Saturday night.

Miocic will be paid a flat fee with no win bonus, although he does stand to make more on the back end with pay-per-view points from the marquee showdown.

As for his opponent, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will walk away from UFC 226 with $500,000 whether he wins or loses. Cormier is set to make half-a-million dollars as a flat fee for his move to heavyweight in an attempt to wrestle the title away from Miocic.

The third highest paid fighter on the card before the event even begins will be former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who stands to make $135,000 in show money with the potential to earn another $135,000 should he get past Michael Chiesa on Saturday night.

Pettis will also make even more money from Chiesa, who is being fined 30-percent of his purse for missing weight for their matchup at UFC 226.

Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis will make $130,000 for his fight against Ngannou with another $130,000 being added if he’s victorious.

Here are the full payouts set for UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier

Stipe Miocic: $750,000 (no win bonus)

Daniel Cormier: $500,000 (no win bonus)

Francis Ngannou: $100,000 to show ($100,000 to win)

Derrick Lewis: $130,000 to show ($130,000 to win)

Paul Felder: $46,000 to show ($46,000 to win)

Mike Perry: $40,000 to show ($40,000 to win)

Michael Chiesa: $48,000 to show ($48,000 to win)

Anthony Pettis: $135,000 to show ($135,000 to win)

Gokhan Saki: $85,000 to show ($55,000 to win)

Khalil Rountree: $19,000 to show ($19,000 to win)

Uriah Hall: $48,000 to show ($48,000 to win)

Paulo Costa: $55,000 to show ($55,000 to win)

Raphael Assuncao: $70,000 to show ($60,000 to win)

Rob Font: $33,000 to show ($33,000 to win)

Landon Vannata: $25,000 to show ($25,000 to win)

Drakkar Klose: $22,000 to show ($22,000 to win)

Curtis Millender: $15,000 to show ($15,000 to win)

Max Griffin: $20,000 to show ($20,000 to win)

Daniel Hooker: $30,000 to show ($30,000 to win)

Gilbert Burns: $31,000 to show ($31,000 to win)

Jamie Moyle: $12,000 to show ($12,000 to win)

Emily Whitmire: $10,000 to show ($10,000 to win)

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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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