Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sun, April 8, 2018)– UFC 223 took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card aired on pay-per-view while the prelims on FS1.
The event drew an announced attendance of 17,026 and a live gate of $3,007,108.12. UFC President Dana White announced the tallies at the post-fight news conference.
In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC) became the new lightweight champion with a unanimous decision win over Al Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) who took this fight in just one day’s notice. In the co-main, Rose Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defended her women’s strawweight title with a second win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) via unanimous decision.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Chris Gruetzemacher, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Kyle Bochniak each earned an extra $50k bonuses. Magomedsharipov and Bochniak earned the “Fight of the Night” and Aubin-Mercier and Gruetzemacher each won “Performance of the Night.” UFC President Dana White announced the winners at the post-fight news conference.
Fighters from the event took home their Reebok Sponsorship Payout totaling $220,500. Leading the way was UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas who earned a maximum $40,000 payout for a champion title defense. Tied for second was Khabib Nurmagomedov, Al Iaquinta and Joanna Jedrzejczyk each earning $30k.
UFC 223 Reebook Sponsorship Payout:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov: $30,000
- Al Iaquinta: $30,000
- Rose Namajunas: $40,000
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $30,000
- Renato Moicano: $5,000
- Calvin Kattar: $3,500
- Zabit Magomedsharipov: $3,500
- Kyle Bochniak: $5,000
- Chris Gruetzemacher: $5,000
- Joe Lauzon: $20,000
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $5,000
- Felice Herrig: $5,000
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier: $5,000
def. Evan Dunham: $15,000
- Ashlee Evans-Smith: $5,000
- Bec Rawlings: $5,000
- Devin Clark: $5,000
- Mike Rodriguez: $3,500
Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000. Also, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.
UFC 223 Official Results:
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-43, 50-43)
Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Renato Moicano def. Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Gruetzemacher def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (corner stoppage) in Round 2, 5:00
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Felice Herrig via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Evan Dunham via TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 0:53
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Bec Rawlings via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Devin Clark def. Michael Rodriguez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
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