It may have been Phil “CM Punk” Brooks’ first pro-fight, but the former pro-wrestling star collected a big, big check at UFC 203.
The Ohio State Athletic Commission has released the payroll figures that were reported by the UFC, and according to the numbers, Punk made $500,000 for his first MMA fight. Mickey Gall, who submitted Punk in the opening round, earned just $30,000 total (figures reported by MMA Fighting.com).
Now, the number will likely spark some outrage amongst purists and some fighters, sure. But, really, it’s not too surprising. After all, you have to be a pretty big star to get signed by the UFC, without ever having fought…Based off comments Dana White’s made, however, it could be a while before Punk returns to the Octagon.
The highest earner for UFC 203 (not including PPV dividends which aren’t disclosed publicly) was Alistair Overeem. The heavyweight made $800,000 for his KO loss to heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, who made $600,000.
The next highest earner was Fabricio Werdum, who made $375K for his decision victory over Travis Browne. The latter collected $120,000.
The other big earner was former WEC champ Urijah Faber, who took home $160,000 for his decision defeat of Jimmie Rivera. The rising bantamweight, meanwhile, was paid $48K.
UFC 203 went down in Cleveland, Ohio.