UFC Champions & Money Problems

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Tyron Woodley made $340K when he won the UFC welterweight championship on July 31st at around 12:20am ET. At 1am that same day he was already calling out GSP, who retired 3 years ago. Woodley’s reasoning was money fights, he wants to “make his money” before he fights a legit contender. So I decided to take a look at how much UFC champs have made during their championship reigns or stints. All the information gathered came from MMA Manifesto and MMA Junkie.

The running totals start from the first title defense. So if a fighter won an interim belt and is fighting to unify the belts, that fight counts towards his total. The payouts do not include PPV points.

79% of former champs made the same or more after they lost the belt. But when you take a look at the remaining 21% who made less, some of them are pretty bad. Like Holly Holm who made $540K when she lost the belt and then made $32K in her next fight against Valentina Shevchenko.

TJ Dillashaw made $120K when he lost the belt and $50K when he defeated Raphael Assuncao. So maybe Woodley sees himself in the bottom 21%.

Heavyweight

12. Tim Sylvia ($350K)
Won the belt at UFC 59
UFC 61: $120K
UFC 65: $120K
UFC 68: $110K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 77 ($200K)

13. Randy Couture ($540K)
Won the belt at UFC 68
UFC 74: $290K
UFC 91: $250K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 102 ($310K)

14. Brock Lesnar ($1,275,000)
Won the belt at UFC 91
UFC 100: $400K
UFC 116: $475K
UFC 121: $400K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 141 ($400K)

15. Cain Velasquez
Won the belt at UFC 121:
UFC on FOX 1: $100K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 146 ($200K)

16. Junior Dos Santos ($600K)
Won the belt at UFC on FOX 1
UFC 146: $200K
UFC 155: $400K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 160 ($290K)

17. Cain Velasquez ($1,300,000)
Won the belt at UFC 155
UFC 160: $400K
UFC 166: $400K
UFC 188: $400K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 200 ($360K)

18. Fabricio Werdum ($390K) 
Won the interim belt at UFC 180
UFC 188: $225K
UFC 198: $165K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 203 ($375K)

19. Stipe Miocic ($600K)
Won the belt at UFC 198
UFC 203: $600K

Light Heavyweight

2. Tito Ortiz ($1M)
Won the belt at UFC 25
5 defenses: (Assumed at $175K)
UFC 44: $125K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 47 ($125K)

3. Randy Couture
Won the interim belt at UFC 43
UFC 44: $175K
UFC 46: $120K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 49 ($225k)

4. Vitor Belfort ($100K)
Won the belt at UFC 46
UFC 49: $100K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 51 ($100K)

5. Randy Couture ($445K)
Won the belt at UFC 49
UFC 52: $150K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 54 ($225K)

6. Chuck Liddell ($1,470,000)
Won the belt at UFC 52
UFC 54: $160K
UFC 57: $250K
UFC 62: $280K
UFC 66: $280K
UFC 71: $500K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 76 ($500K)

7. Quinton Jackson ($510K)
Won the belt at UFC 71
UFC 75: $225K
UFC 86: $285K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 92 ($385K)

8. Forrest Griffin ($160K)
Won the belt at UFC 86
UFC 92: $160K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 101 ($160K)

9. Rashad Evans ($200K)
Won the belt at UFC 92
UFC 98: $200K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 108 ($375K)

10. Lyoto Machida ($400K)
Won the belt at UFC 98
UFC 104: $200K
UFC 113: $200K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 123 ($200K)

11. Mauricio Rua ($160K)
Won the belt at UFC 113
UFC 128: $160K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 134 ($230K)

12. Jon Jones ($3,095,000)
Won the belt at UFC 128
UFC 135: $215K
UFC 140: $215K
UFC 145: $400K
UFC 152: $465K
UFC 159: $400K
UFC 165: $450K
UFC 172: $400K
UFC 182: $550K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 197 ($500K)

13. Daniel Cormier ($1,460,000)
Won the belt at UFC 187
UFC 192: $280K
UFC 200: $540K *non title fight
UFC 210: $640K

Middleweight

4. Rich Franklin ($79K)
Won the belt at UFC 53
UFC 56: $26K
UFC 58: $32K
UFC 64: $21K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 83 ($107K)

5. Anderson Silva ($3,480,000)
Won the belt at UFC 64
UFC 73: $130K
UFC 77: $160K
UFC 82: $260K
UFC FN 14: $200K *non title fight
UFC 90: $200K
UFC 97: $200K
UFC 101: $260K *non title fight
UFC 112: $200K
UFC 117: $320K
UFC 126: $275K
UFC 134: $200K
UFC 148: $275K
UFC 153: $200K *non title fight
UFC 162: $600K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 168 ($600K)

6. Chris Weidman ($1,815,000)
Won the belt at UFC 162
UFC 168: $400K
UFC 175: $500K
UFC 187: $550K
UFC 194: $365K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 205 ($285K)

7. Luke Rockhold ($290K)
Won the belt at UFC 194
UFC 199: $290K

8. Michael Bisping ($340K)
Won the belt at UFC 194
UFC 204: $340K

Welterweight

5. Matt Hughes ($570K)
Won the belt at UFC 50
UFC 52: $110K
UFC 56: $110K *non title fight
UFC 60: $110K *non title fight
UFC 63: $145K
UFC 65: $95K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 68 ($150K)

6. George St Pierre
Won the belt at UFC 65
UFC 69: $70K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 74 ($140K)

7. Matt Serra ($75K)
Won the belt at UFC 69
UFC 83: $75K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 98 ($75K)

8. George St Pierre ($3,870,000)
Won the interim belt at UFC 79
UFC 83: $160K
UFC 87: $220K
UFC 94: $400K
UFC 100: $400K
UFC 111: $400K
UFC 124: $500K
UFC 129: $400K
UFC 154: $470K
UFC 158: $400K
UFC 167: $450K

Carlos Condit ($127K)
Won the interim belt at UFC 143
UFC 154: $127K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 158 ($107K)

9. Johny Hendricks ($150K)
Won the belt at UFC 171
UFC 181: $150K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 185 ($100K)

10. Robbie Lawler ($1,400,000)
Won the belt at UFC 181
UFC 189: $350K
UFC 195: $550K
UFC 201: $500K

11. Tyron Woodley ($1,130,000)
Won the belt at UFC 201
UFC 205: $590K
UFC 209: $540K

Lightweight

3. BJ Penn ($1,085,000)
Won the belt at UFC 80
UFC 84: $250K
UFC 94: $125K *non title fight
UFC 101: $310K
UFC 107: $250K
UFC 112: $150K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 118 ($150K)

4. Frankie Edgar ($626K)
Won the belt at UFC 112
UFC 118: $96K
UFC 125: $162K
UFC 136: $183K
UFC 144: $185K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 150 ($120K)

5. Benson Henderson ($466K)
Won the belt at UFC 144
UFC 150: $78K
UFC on FOX 5: $78K
UFC on FOX 7: $200K
UFC 164: $110K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC on FOX 10 ($90K)

6. Anthony Pettis ($350K)
Won the belt at UFC 164
UFC 181: $250K
UFC 185: $100K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC FN 81 ($80K)

7. Rafael Dos Anjos ($660K)
Won the belt at UFC 185
UFC on FOX 17: $350K
UFC FN 90: $310K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC FN 98 ($120K)

8. Eddie Alvarez ($540K)
Won the belt at UFC FN 90
UFC 205: $540K

9. Conor McGregor
Won the belt at UFC 205

Featherweight

01. Jose Aldo ($1,845,000)
Promoted to UFC champ at UFC 123
UFC 129: $117K
UFC 136: $52K
UFC 142: $56K
UFC 156: $290K
UFC 163: $260K
UFC 169: $280K
UFC 179: $350K
UFC 194: $440K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 200 ($515K)

2. Conor McGregor ($8,320,000)
Won the interim belt at UFC 189
UFC 194: $590K
UFC 196: $1.09M *non title fight
UFC 202: $3.05M *non title fight
UFC 205: $3.59M *LW title fight

3. Max Holloway
Won the interim belt at UFC 206

Bantamweight

01. Dominick Cruz
Promoted to UFC champ at WEC 53
UFC 132: $115K
UFC on Versus 6: $70K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 178 ($100K)

2. Renan Barao ($640K)
Won the interim belt at UFC 149
UFC on FUEL 7: $186K
UFC 165: $190K
UFC 169: $144K
UFC 173: $124K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC FN 58 ($198K)

3. TJ Dillashaw ($480K)
Won the belt at UFC 173
UFC 177: $150K
UFC on FOX 16: $210K
UFC FN 81: $120K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 200 ($50K)

4. Dominick Cruz ($1,015,000)
Won the belt at UFC FN 81
UFC 199: $390K
UFC 207: $440K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT:

5. Cody Garbrandt
Won the belt at UFC 207

Flyweight

01. Demetrious Johnson ($2,380,000)
Won the belt at UFC 152
UFC on FOX 6: $102K
UFC on FOX 8: $108K
UFC on FOX 9: $225K
UFC 174: $179K
UFC 178: $183K
UFC 186: $237K
UFC 191: $231K
UFC 197: $285K
TUF 24 Finale: $390K
UFC on FOX 24: $440K

Womens Featherweight

01. Germaine de Randamie
Won the belt at UFC 208

Womens Bantamweight

01. Ronda Rousey ($4,275,000)
Promoted to UFC champ at UFC on FOX 5
UFC 157: $90K
UFC 168: $250K
UFC 170: $160K
UFC 175: $170K
UFC 184: $180K
UFC 190: $230K
UFC 193: $165K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 207 ($3,030,000)

2. Holly Holm ($540K)
Won the belt at UFC 193
UFC 196: $540K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC on FOX 20 ($32K)

3. Miesha Tate ($500K)
Won the belt at UFC 196
UFC 200: $500K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 205 ($60K)

4. Amanda Nunes ($290K)
Won the belt at UFC 200
UFC 207: $290K

Womens Strawweight

01. Carla Esparza ($27K)
Won the belt at TUF 20 Finale
UFC 185: $27K
NEXT FIGHT AFTER LOSING BELT: UFC 197 ($60K)

2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($720K)
Won the belt at UFC 185
UFC FN 69: $100K
UFC 193: $100K
TUF 23 Finale: $260K
UFC 205: $260K

UPDATED 4/17/2017

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