UFC 286 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 286 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 286 (on March 18, 2023) was a pay per view card featuring the highly anticipated rematch between champion Leon Edwards and former long reigning champion Kamaru Usman. In their first encounter at UFC 278, Edwards shocked the world with a final round come from behind knockout victory. In the rematch, Edwards proved that it wasn’t a fluke by outstriking and outpointing the grappler Usman. Edwards defended the takedown well and his volume striking proved to be too much for Usman as he won a majority decision to defend his title. The co-main event provided an absolute banger as Justin Gaethje battled Rafael Fiziev. The “Fight of the Night” showcased both athletes incredible power but Gaethje’s constant pressure was just too much as he wore down the kickboxer Fiziev.

Bonuses were earned by Fiziev and Gaethje along with Gunnar Nelson and Jake Hadley.

Assumptions:
Assuming only Edwards is getting PPV money as he is the defending champion
Assuming Usman is getting paid flat money with no possible win bonus
550,000 PPV buys is an educated guess solely for the purpose of estimating PPV share – based on the drawing power of the card.

*Note that the official payouts have not been disclosed for this fight card in London 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 285: $6,282,500
Venum (Sponsorship) Fighter payout: $250,500
Performance Bonus money paid out: $200,000 (official)

UFC 286 Detailed Payouts

FighterOpponent DateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments
Leon EdwardsKamaru Usman3/18/2023UFC 286W$500,000 $500,000 550,000$500,000 $42,000 $1,542,000
Kamaru UsmanLeon Edwards3/18/2023UFC 286L$1,000,000 $0 $32,000 $1,032,000
Justin GaethjeRafael Fiziev3/18/2023UFC 286W$500,000 $500,000 $50,000 $6,000 $1,056,000
Marvin VettoriRoman Dolidze3/18/2023UFC 286W$350,000 $350,000 $11,000 $711,000
Rafael FizievJustin Gaethje3/18/2023UFC 286L$150,000 $0 $50,000 $6,000 $206,000
Gunnar NelsonBryan Barberena3/18/2023UFC 286W$90,000 $90,000 $50,000 $11,000 $241,000
Bryan BarberenaGunnar Nelson3/18/2023UFC 286L$60,000 $0 $16,000 $76,000
Jennifer MaiaCasey O'Neill3/18/2023UFC 286W$60,000 $60,000 $6,000 $126,000
Casey O'NeillJennifer Maia3/18/2023UFC 286L$40,000 $0 $4,500 $44,500
Roman DolidzeMarvin Vettori3/18/2023UFC 286L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Jack ShoreMakwan Amirkhani3/18/2023UFC 286W$50,000 $50,000 $4,500 $104,500
Makwan AmirkhaniJack Shore3/18/2023UFC 286L$90,000 $0 $11,000 $101,000
Chris DuncanOmar Morales3/18/2023UFC 286W$24,000 $24,000 $4,000 $52,000
Omar MoralesChris Duncan3/18/2023UFC 286L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Yanal AshmouzSam Patterson3/18/2023UFC 286W$12,000 $12,000 $4,000 $28,000
Sam PattersonYanal Ashmouz3/18/2023UFC 286L$12,000 $0 $4,000 $16,000
Muhammad MokaevJafel Filho3/18/2023UFC 286W$50,000 $50,000 $4,500 $104,500
Jafel FilhoMuhammad Mokaev3/18/2023UFC 286L$12,000 $0 $4,000 $16,000
Lerone MurphyGabriel Santos3/18/2023UFC 286W$30,000 $30,000 $4,500 $64,500
Gabriel SantosLerone Murphy3/18/2023UFC 286L$12,000 $0 $4,000 $16,000
Christian Leroy DuncanDuško Todorović3/18/2023UFC 286W$20,000 $20,000 $4,000 $44,000
Duško TodorovićChristian Leroy Duncan3/18/2023UFC 286L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Jake HadleyMalcolm Gordon3/18/2023UFC 286W$30,000 $30,000 50000$4,500 $114,500
Malcolm GordonJake Hadley3/18/2023UFC 286L$24,000 $0 $6,000 $30,000
Joanne WoodLuana Carolina3/18/2023UFC 286W$70,000 $70,000 $16,000 $156,000
Luana CarolinaJoanne Wood3/18/2023UFC 286L$20,000 $0 $4,500 $24,500
Jai HerbertĽudovít Klein3/18/2023UFC 286W$30,000 $30,000 $4,000 $64,000
Ľudovít KleinJai Herbert3/18/2023UFC 286L$40,000 $0 $4,500 $44,500
Veronica HardyJuliana Miller3/18/2023UFC 286W$30,000 $30,000 $6,000 $66,000
Juliana MillerVeronica Hardy3/18/2023UFC 286L$30,000 $0 $4,000 $34,000

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