UFC 279 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 279 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 279 (on September 10, 2022) was highlighted by a welterweight clash between legends Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz. Diaz was originally slated to fight Khamzat Chimaev but Chimaev missed weight by 8 pounds and the UFC had to do some shuffling. The Diaz-Ferguson headliner was entertaining throughout as Diaz beat up Ferguson with boxing while Ferguson made it difficult to Diaz to stand with his leg kicks. In the 4th round, Diaz’s boxing made Ferguson shoot and Diaz was able to catch the guillotine and submit Ferguson. In the co-main event, the aforementioned Chimaev made quick work of Kevin Holland submitting him with a darce choke.

Assumptions:
Assumed bonuses for Diaz, Khamzat, Irene Aldana and Johnny Walker.
Estimating 500,000 buys due to drawing power – solely for the purposes of estimating PPV share
Assumed Ferguson and Diaz are getting PPV share

*Note that the official payouts have not been disclosed for this fight card in Las Vegas 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 for UFC 278: $3,100,500
Venum (Sponsorship) Fighter payout: $204,500
Performance Bonus money paid out: $200,000 (Crypto.com bonuses pending)

UFC 279 Detailed Payouts

FighterOpponentDateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments

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