UFC 239 Salaries: Champions Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes Top Payroll with $500K Apiece

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 8, 2019

Jon Jones and Amanda Nunes were the top earners at UFC 239, as each took home $500,000 for their work in the Octagon this past Saturday night.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released salaries from the event, which took place the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Jones earned a flat $500,000 purse for a unanimous decision victory over Thiago Santos ($350,000) in the evening’s light heavyweight headliner. Nunes’ salary included a $200,000 win bonus for a first-round knockout of Holly Holm ($300,000) in the bantamweight co-main event.

Other notable payouts from the card included Jorge Masvidal, who pocketed $200,000 for a five-second knockout of Ben Askren ($210,000) in a featured welterweight tilt and Luke Rockhold, who garnered $200,000 in a second-round stoppage loss to Jan Blachowicz ($92,000) at light heavyweight. Gilbert Melendez earned $200,000 despite losing his fifth consecutive bout, a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Arnold Allen ($64,000).

Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.

UFC 239 Salaries:

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Thiago Santos: $350,000

Amanda Nunes: $500,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
Holly Holm: $300,000

Jorge Masvidal: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Ben Askren: $210,000

Jan Blachowicz: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Luke Rockhold: $200,000

Michael Chiesa: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus)
Diego Sanchez: $103,000

Arnold Allen: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Marlon Vera: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
Nohelin Hernandez: $12,000

Yadong Song: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
Alejandro Perez: $42,000

Edmen Shahbazyan: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Jack Marshman: $30,000

Chance Rencountre: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Ismail Naurdiev: $14,000

Julia Avila: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Pannie Kianzad: $12,000


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