UFC 261 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 261 Salaries and Payouts

UFC Vegas 261 salaries and payouts including base pay, win bonuses, performance bonuses and promotional compliance pay are shown in the table below.

This card (on April 24, 2021) was highlighted by THREE title fights between Weili Zhang (champion) and Rose Namajunas, Valentina Shevchenko (champion) and Jessica Andrade, Kamaru Usman (champion) and Jorge Masvidal. $50K Bonuses went to Namajunas, Usman, Jeffrey Molina, and Aoriqileng.

The PPV estimates have been updated based on reports that UFC 261 generated 700,000 buys

*Note that the official payouts have not yet been disclosed for this fight card in Florida so the salaries listed are based on estimates of previous contracts, trends and drawing power. Other assumptions are made like expected contract changes. All promotional compliance pay figures are based on the formula negotiated with Venum.


Total Payout to Fighters (including fight purse, PPV points, bonuses and compliance pay): $6,491,000
Total Compliance Pay (Venum): $370,000

UFC 261 Detailed Payouts

FighterOpponentDateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments
Kamaru UsmanJorge Masvidal4/24/2021UFC 261W$600,000 $0700,000$850,000 $50,000 $42,000 $1,542,000
Jorge MasvidalKamaru Usman4/24/2021UFC 261L$600,000 $0$32,000 $632,000
Anthony SmithJimmy Crute4/24/2021UFC 261W$150,000 $150,000 $16,000 $316,000
Chris WeidmanUriah Hall4/24/2021UFC 261L$325,000 $0$16,000 $341,000
Zhang WeiliRose Namajunas4/24/2021UFC 261L$200,000 $0700,000$850,000 $42,000 $1,092,000
Rose NamajunasZhang Weili4/24/2021UFC 261W$100,000 $100,000 $50,000 $32,000 $282,000
Valentina ShevchenkoJessica Andrade4/24/2021UFC 261W$150,000 $150,000 700,000$850,000 $42,000 $1,192,000
Jessica AndradeValentina Shevchenko4/24/2021UFC 261L$100,000 $0$32,000 $132,000
Uriah HallChris Weidman4/24/2021UFC 261W$80,000 $80,000 $21,000 $181,000
Jimmy CruteAnthony Smith4/24/2021UFC 261L$60,000 $0$6,000 $66,000
Alex OliveiraRandy Brown4/24/2021UFC 261L$72,000 $0$16,000 $88,000
Randy BrownAlex Oliveira4/24/2021UFC 261W$60,000 $60,000 $11,000 $131,000
Dwight GrantStefan Sekulic4/24/2021UFC 261W$24,000 $24,000 $6,000 $54,000
Stefan SekulicDwight Grant4/24/2021UFC 261L$12,000 $0$4,000 $16,000
Karl RobersonBrendan Allen4/24/2021UFC 261L$30,000 $0$6,000 $36,000
Brendan AllenKarl Roberson4/24/2021UFC 261W$24,000 $24,000 $6,000 $54,000
Patrick SabatiniTristan Connelly4/24/2021UFC 261W$12,000 $12,000 $4,000 $28,000
Tristan ConnellyPatrick Sabatini4/24/2021UFC 261L$20,000 $0$4,000 $24,000
Danaa BatgerelKevin Natividad4/24/2021UFC 261W$16,000 $16,000 $4,000 $36,000
Kevin NatividadDanaa Batgerel4/24/2021UFC 261L$12,000 $0$4,000 $16,000
Kazula VargasRong Zhu4/24/2021UFC 261W$12,000 $12,000 $4,000 $28,000
Rong ZhuKazula Vargas4/24/2021UFC 261L$12,000 $0$4,000 $16,000
Qileng AoriJeffrey Molina4/24/2021UFC 261L$12,000 $0$50,000 $4,000 $66,000
Jeffrey MolinaQileng Aori4/24/2021UFC 261W$12,000 $12,000 $50,000 $4,000 $78,000
Na LiangAriane Carnelossi4/24/2021UFC 261L$12,000 $0$4,000 $16,000
Ariane CarnelossiNa Liang4/24/2021UFC 261W$12,000 $12,000 $4,000 $28,000

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