Jon Jones just beat Daniel Cormier for a second time without throwing a punch. Cormier was reportedly set to take home a major payday for his main event fight on Saturday at UFC 200, but when Jones was removed for a potential anti-doping violation, his fight salary was cut in half, according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
Cormier was to make $1 million to fight Jones, but his purse to fight Silva is $500k per Nevada Athletic Commission— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 9, 2016
That's right. DC was set to make $1 million just for stepping in the ring on Saturday, but instead got just $500,000. Meanwhile, his opponent, Anderson Silva, took in $600,000 for his efforts and stepping in on two days' notice against the light heavyweight champion.
Meanwhile, heavyweight Brock Lesnar pulled down a cool $2.5 million in his first fight since 2011 while his opponent, Mark Hunt, made $700,000, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
New women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes made just $100,000 while her foe Miesha Tate pulled down $500,000. New interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo made $400,000 while his challenger Frankie Edgar made $190,000.
These are all base salaries and do not include fight bonuses or pay-per-view points earned based on total number of purchases.
UFC 200 pulled in a Las Vegas record $10.7 million gate and had 18,202 in attendance, also a UFC record in Vegas.