While there is no official confirmation, the Internet anecdotally reaffirms that UFC judges make $900 per fight, which is substantially less than the referees, with the younger ones being an exception.
Contrary to what you might believe, MMA referees do not 'belong' to any one fight promotion, like the UFC or Bellator. They are licensed by various athletic commissions. The commission which licenses them to act as a referee differs depending on what state, or country, the MMA event is being held in.Apr 9, 2020
John McCarthy (referee)
|Born||John Michael McCarthy October 12, 1962 Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Other names||"Big John McCarthy"|
|Occupation||MMA referee, podcast host, MMA analyst|
Every MMA event includes three judges sitting beside the cage. Their main task is to evaluate the fight and score the fight round by round. The winner of the round gets 10 points while the loser gets 9 points or less. In case the round is even, the judges will score the round 10–10.