UFC 296 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 296 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 296 (on December 16, 2023) is a PPV card scheduled in Las Vegas headlined by two title fights. The main event is headlined by champion Leon Edwards defending against the brash Colby Covington. More to come on this card. The co-main event is a flyweight title fight between newly minted champion Alexandre Pantoja and the surging Brandon Royval. The card also includes UFC veterans like Stephen Thompson and Tony Ferguson, pitted against rising contenders like Shavkat Rakhmonov and Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (respectively).

Update: It was a thrilling night of fights with plenty of finishes and absolute bangers. The ladies showed out as Irene Aldana and Karol Rosa went to war in what was certainly a “Fight of the Year” candidate. The strikers went back and forth and both left the cage bloodied and battered – it was ultimately Aldana who took the unanimous decision. Shavkat lived up to the hype and submitted Stephen Thompson late in the second round. Incredible cardio carried Tony Ferguson through 3 rounds but he couldn’t beat the younger Paddy Pimblett who controlled the fight on the ground. In the co-main event, Alexandre Pantoja survived some fifth round adversity to take a unanimous decision over Brandon Royval – defending his belt for the first time since he took it from Brandon Moreno. Colby Covington couldn’t get anything going in his return from a two year layoff. He looked cautious as champion Leon Edwards picked him apart. Bonuses went to Rosa/Aldana, Josh Emmett, and Shamil Gaziev, and Ariane Lipski.

Assumptions:
Assuming main event and co-main event fighters are getting PPV Share
Assuming 600,000 PPV Views only for estimation purposes based on the drawing power of this card.

*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 296: $6,214,000
Venum (Sponsorship) Fighter payout: $320,000
Performance Bonus money paid out: $250,000

UFC 296 Detailed Payouts

FighterOpponent DateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments
Leon EdwardsColby Covington12/16/2023UFC 296W$1,000,000 $1,000,000 600,000$600,000 $42,000 $1,642,000
Colby CovingtonLeon Edwards12/16/2023UFC 296L$750,000 $0 $32,000 $782,000
Alexandre PantojaBrandon Royval12/16/2023UFC 296W$300,000 $300,000 600,000$600,000 $42,000 $942,000
Brandon RoyvalAlexandre Pantoja12/16/2023UFC 296L$150,000 $0 $32,000 $182,000
Shavkat RakhmonovStephen Thompson12/16/2023UFC 296W$150,000 $150,000 $50,000 $6,000 $206,000
Stephen ThompsonShavkat Rakhmonov12/16/2023UFC 296L$400,000 $0 $16,000 $416,000
Tony FergusonPaddy Pimblett12/16/2023UFC 296L$250,000 $0 $21,000 $271,000
Paddy PimblettTony Ferguson12/16/2023UFC 296W$150,000 $150,000 $4,500 $154,500
Josh EmmettBryce Mitchell12/16/2023UFC 296W$100,000 $100,000 $50,000 $11,000 $161,000
Bryce MitchellJosh Emmett12/16/2023UFC 296L$90,000 $0 $6,000 $96,000
Alonzo MenifieldDustin Jacoby12/16/2023UFC 296W$90,000 $90,000 $11,000 $101,000
Dustin JacobyAlonzo Menifield12/16/2023UFC 296L$90,000 $0 $6,000 $96,000
Irene AldanaKarol Rosa12/16/2023UFC 296W$72,000 $72,000 $50,000 $11,000 $133,000
Karol RosaIrene Aldana12/16/2023UFC 296L$48,000 $0 $50,000 $6,000 $104,000
Cody GarbrandtBrian Kelleher12/16/2023UFC 296W$250,000 $250,000 $50,000 $11,000 $311,000
Brian KelleherCody Garbrandt12/16/2023UFC 296L$70,000 $0 $11,000 $81,000
Casey O'NeillAriane Lipski12/16/2023UFC 296L$50,000 $0 $4,500 $54,500
Ariane LipskiCasey O'Neill12/16/2023UFC 296W$50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $6,000 $106,000
Tagir UlanbekovCody Durden12/16/2023UFC 296W$30,000 $30,000 $4,500 $34,500
Cody DurdenTagir Ulanbekov12/16/2023UFC 296L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Andre FiliLucas Almeida12/16/2023UFC 296W$90,000 $90,000 $50,000 $16,000 $156,000
Lucas AlmeidaAndre Fili12/16/2023UFC 296L$24,000 $0 $4,500 $28,500
Martin BudayShamil Gaziev12/16/2023UFC 296L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Shamil GazievMartin Buday12/16/2023UFC 296W$40,000 $40,000 $4,000 $44,000

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