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UFC 189: Conor McGregor And Chad Mendes Score Big Paydays

Kelsey Mowatt

Conor McGregor

Only two days after UFC 189 went down in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the commission has released the payroll figures for the massive event, and yes, Conor McGregor made out very, very well.

According to the figures that were disclosed to the Nevada Commission by the UFC, McGregor was paid $500,000 for his stoppage win over Chad Mendes. Now sure, that’s a ton of cash for us ordinary folks, but when you consider that number doesn’t include pay-per-view revenue or sponsorship dollars, “Notorious” is returning to Ireland with some serious money.

Mendes, meanwhile, also did very well, as he too collected $500,000 for the headliner. We don’t know what his contract calls for in terms of PPV dividends, but chances are “Money” made some serious, serious money…(see what I did there?).

The card’s next highest earner was, not surprisingly, Robbie Lawler. The welterweight champ took home $300,000 after taking out Rory MacDonald in round five.

The welterweight contender, meanwhile, earned $59,000 for the thrilling and gory fight (thankfully the two also earned “Fight of the Night” honors, so MacDonald scored an extra $50K as well).

UFC 189 went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  Here are the salary figures for the card (via MMA Fighting.com):

Conor McGregor ($500,000) def. Chad Mendes ($500,000)

Robbie Lawler ($150,000 + $150,000 = $300,000) def. Rory MacDonald ($59,000)

Jeremy Stephens ($32,000 + $40,000 = $72,000) def. Dennis Bermudez ($34,000)

Gunnar Nelson ($29,000 + $29,000 = $58,000) def. Brandon Thatch ($22,000)

Thomas Almeida ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Brad Pickett ($30,000)

Matt Brown ($46,000 + $46,000 = $92,000) def. Tim Means ($23,000)

Alex Garcia ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Mike Swick ($48,000)

John Howard ($21,000 + $21,000 = $42,000) def. Cathal Pendred ($10,000)

Cody Garbrandt ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Henry Briones ($10,000)

Louis Smolka ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Neil Seery ($15,000)

Cody Pfister ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Yosdenis Cedeno

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