UFC 278 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 278 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 278 (on August 19, 2022) is a pay per view card featuring a title bout between pound for pound king Kamaru Usman and challenger Leon Edwards. Edwards earned his title shot after beating Nate Diaz in his last fight. He’s undefeated since 2015 with his last loss coming against Usman at UFC on Fox 17. The co-main event features the return of former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Rockhold has lost two straight and hopes to get back in title contention with a win over Brazilian knockout artist Paulo Costa. The main card also features the return of Jose Aldo who is likely to earn a title shot with a win over Merab Dvalishvili.

Update: In one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, Leon Edwards shocked the world by knocking out Kamaru Usman with a headkick. Usman was dominating with his wrestling and was likely up 3-1 on the scorecards when Edwards detonated the bomb. In the co-main event, Paulo Costa beat Luke Rockhold in a slobberknocker of a fight. Merab Dvalishvili also managed to defeat Jose Aldo with relentless pressure and striking.

Assumed bonuses for Costa/Rockhold, Edwards and Tyson Pedro. To be updated upon release.

*Note that the official payouts have not been disclosed for this fight card in Utah 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.

Only champions getting PPV Points (Usman)
Estimating 500,000 PPV buys based on the cards drawing power (solely for the purposes of estimating PPV share)

Total Payout for UFC 278: $3,366,000
Venum (Sponsorship) Fighter payout: $220,000
Performance Bonus money paid out: $200,000 (Crypto.com bonuses pending)

UFC 278 Detailed Payouts

FighterOpponent DateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments
Leon EdwardsKamaru Usman8/20/2022UFC 278W$350,000 $0 $50,000 $32,000 $432,000
Kamaru UsmanLeon Edwards8/20/2022UFC 278L$500,000 $0 500,000$400,000 $20,000 $42,000 $962,000 Crypto.com Bonus
Merab DvalishviliJose Aldo8/20/2022UFC 278W$99,000 $99,000 $6,000 $204,000
Paulo CostaLuke Rockhold8/20/2022UFC 278W$65,000 $65,000 $80,000 $6,000 $216,000 Crypto.com Bonus
Luke RockholdPaulo Costa8/20/2022UFC 278L$200,000 $0 $50,000 $11,000 $261,000
Jose AldoMerab Dvalishvili8/20/2022UFC 278L$400,000 $0 $10,000 $21,000 $431,000 Crypto.com bonus
Wu YananLucie Pudilova8/20/2022UFC 278L$20,000 $0 $6,000 $26,000
Lucie PudilovaWu Yanan8/20/2022UFC 278W$23,000 $23,000 $6,000 $52,000
Tyson PedroHarry Hunsucker8/20/2022UFC 278W$43,000 $43,000 $6,000 $92,000
Harry HunsuckerTyson Pedro8/20/2022UFC 278L$12,000 $0 $4,500 $16,500
Marcin TyburaAlexander Romanov8/20/2022UFC 278W$120,000 $120,000 $16,000 $256,000
Alexander RomanovMarcin Tybura8/20/2022UFC 278L$36,000 $0 $4,500 $40,500
Leonardo SantosJared Gordon8/20/2022UFC 278L$44,000 $0 $11,000 $55,000
Jared GordonLeonardo Santos8/20/2022UFC 278W$50,000 $50,000 $6,000 $106,000
Sean WoodsonLuis Saldana8/20/2022UFC 278D$24,000 $0 $4,500 $28,500
Luis SaldanaSean Woodson8/20/2022UFC 278D$14,000 $0 $4,500 $18,500
A.J. FletcherAnge Loosa8/20/2022UFC 278L$10,000 $0 $4,000 $14,000
Ange LoosaA.J. Fletcher8/20/2022UFC 278W$12,000 $12,000 $4,000 $28,000
Amir AlbaziFrancisco Figueiredo8/20/2022UFC 278W$16,000 $16,000 $4,000 $36,000
Francisco FigueiredoAmir Albazi8/20/2022UFC 278L$14,000 $0 $4,500 $18,500
Aori QilengJay Perrin8/20/2022UFC 278W$12,000 $12,000 $4,500 $28,500
Jay PerrinAori Qileng8/20/2022UFC 278L$12,000 $0 $4,000 $16,000
Daniel LacerdaVictor Altamirano8/20/2022UFC 278L$10,000 $0 $4,000 $14,000
Victor AltamiranoDaniel Lacerda8/20/2022UFC 278W$10,000 $10,000 $50,000 $4,000 $74,000

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