UFC 189 salaries: McGregor, Mendes earn $500,000

Over the weekend, Irish sensation Conor McGregor proved to the world that he is the real deal when he scored a second-round TKO victory over Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title in the main event at UFC 189.

On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the salaries for each fighter at the event.

As you would expect, the main event participants led the way with a flat salary of $500,000 a piece. Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler earned $300,000 for his fifth-round TKO victory over Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.

The next highest salary was $92,000 to Matt Brown, who dismantled Tim Means on the undercard.

Of course, these figures do not include any sponsorship money, pay-per-view points or fighter bonuses, so the figures could end up much higher. For example, once pay-per-view numbers come in, McGregor is expected to clear as much as $2 or $3 million.

The full disclosed salaries can be seen below.

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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 ($13,000)

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