UFC 281 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 281 (on November 12, 2022) is a highly anticipated pay-per-view card featuring two title fights. In the main event, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya takes on the most feared striker in the world in Alex Pereira. Izzy has been near perfect in the UFC with his lone loss coming from Jan Blachowicz when he tried to move up a weight class to capture a second belt. Adesanya is currently riding a 3-fight win streak with victories over Jared Cannonier, Robert Whittaker and Marvin Vettori. After making his name as a world champion kickboxer, Pereira has blitzed up the UFC ranks in just one year. In his last fight, he knocked out perennial contender Sean Strickland. In the co-main event, wrestler Carla Esparza looks to defend her title against the powerhouse former champion Zhang Weili from China. In the other featured main card bout, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier takes on Michael Chandler in a high stakes lightweight bout.

Update: Pending Saturday results.

Assumptions:
Assuming Adesanya and Esparza are getting PPV points since they are champs (standard UFC policy)
Assuming Poirier is getting points based on his drawing power
Assuming Adesanya, Poirier, Chandler and Frankie Edgar are getting paid flat salaries with no potential win bonus.
Solely for the purposes of salary estimation, assuming 600,000 buys based on the star power of this card. This is a best guess based on previously disclosed PPV numbers.

*Note that the official payouts have not been disclosed for this fight card in New York 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 281: $7,795,500 (before pending win and performance bonus numbers).
Venum (Sponsorship) Fighter payout: $331,500
Performance Bonus money paid out: Pending

UFC 281 Detailed Payouts

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