In the main event, Ronda Rousey returned to the Octagon after over a year-long hiatus following her UFC 193 KO loss to Holly Holm. On the other hand, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes stepped into the Octagon looking to make her first successful title defense after winning the belt at UFC 200 by submitting Miesha Tate in the first round.
In the co-main event, Dominick Cruz stepped into the Octagon against undefeated Team Alpha Male prospect Cody Garbrandt for a highly anticipated grudge-match that had been built up over the course of many months.
Below is the full disclosed payroll for the event, courtesy of MMAJunkie. Of course, the below-mentioned figures don’t include sponsor money, Reebok payouts, or fighters who earn a cut of the pay-per view sales.
CHAMP AMANDA NUNES: $100,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $100,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. RONDA ROUSEY: $3 MILLION (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR WIN BONUS)
CHAMP DOMINICK CRUZ: $350,000 (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR WIN BONUS)
VS. CODY GARBRANDT: $200,000 (NOT ELIGIBLE FOR WIN BONUS)
T.J. DILLASHAW: $100,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $100,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. JOHN LINEKER: $43,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $43,000 WIN BONUS)
DONG HYUN KIM: $67,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $67,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. TAREC SAFFIEDINE: $40,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $40,000 WIN BONUS)
RAY BORG: $18,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $18,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. LOUIS SMOLKA: $32,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $32,000 WIN BONUS)
JOHNY HENDRICKS: $100,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $100,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. NEIL MAGNY: $47,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $47,000 WIN BONUS)
ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR: $21,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $21,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. MARVIN VETTORI: $12,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $12,000 WIN BONUS)
ALEX GARCIA: $18,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $18,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. MIKE PYLE: $55,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $55,000 WIN BONUS)
NIKO PRICE: $12,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $12,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. BRANDON THATCH: $22,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $22,000 WIN BONUS)
TIM MEANS: $35,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $35,000 WIN BONUS)
VS. ALEX OLIVEIRA: $28,000 (ELIGIBLE FOR $28,000 WIN BONUS)
With her guaranteed $3 million purse, Rousey now ties Conor McGregor with the biggest purse in UFC history.