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UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Brandao Fighter Salaries, Attendance & Gate

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It’s as if Conor McGregor wrote the script himself – hometown crowd, record-breaking loudness, steamroll his opponent, earn the biggest payday (that is, until Cathal Pendred got an extra $50,000 FOTN bonus when his opponent forfeited his due to a failed drug test).

Before we go any further, we should note that international events generally don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 20 fighters scheduled for the card (but please remember – this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event).


Attendance: 9,500


Cathal Pendred: $116,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $100,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Conor McGregor: $82,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)

Gunnar Nelson: $74,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)

Norman Parke: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)

Brad Pickett: $30,000

Ian McCall: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)

Ilir Latifi: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Trevor Smith: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Nikita Krylov: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Diego Brandao: $20,000

Neil Seery: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Patrick Holohan: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Josh Sampo: $10,000

Zak Cummings: $10,000

Mike King: $8,000 (*lost Fight of the Night bonus due to failed drug test)

Naoyuki Kotani: $8,000

Chris Dempsey: $8,000

Phil Harris: $8,000

Tor Treong: $8,000

Cody Donovan: $8,000



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