UFC 297 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 297 Salaries and Payouts

UFC 297 (on December 16, 2023) is a PPV card scheduled in Toronto headlined by a middleweight title fight between the brash champion Sean Strickland and South African standout Dricus Du Plessis. The main event features a women’s bantamweight title fight between Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva. They’ll be battling for the belt that long time champion Amanda Nunes vacated when she retired.

Update: The prelims started off strong with four finishes but the rest of the card was a grind with mostly decisions across the late prelims and main card. One highlight was Neil Magny’s last minute upset of up and comer Mike Mallott. In the Co-main event, Raquel Pennington used the clinch to wear down Mayra Bueno Silva. Silva threatened with submissions several times in the early rounds but Pennington was able to escape. By the 4th round, Silva was exhausted and spent most of the final two rounds on her back. With the win, Pennington claimed the vacant bantamweight women’s title. The main event saw another grind between defending champion Sean Strickland and challenger Dricus Du Plessis. Strickland controlled the first round with his jab but the South African was able to finish several takedowns which tipped the split decision verdict to his side. DDP’s win could setup some fun future fights including a potential rematch with Strickland or a grudge match with Israel Adesanya. Du Plessis becomes the first ever champ from South Africa. Bonuses are assumed until annonced.

Assuming main event and co-main event fighters are getting PPV Share
Assuming 350,000 PPV Views only for estimation purposes based on the drawing power of this card.
Assuming Sean Strickland is getting paid flat with no potential win bonus

*Note that the official payouts have not been disclosed for this fight card in Toronto 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 297: $4,319,500
Venum (Sponsorship) Fighter payout: $285,500
Performance Bonus money paid out: $200,000 (TBD)

UFC 297 Detailed Payouts

FighterOpponent DateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments
Sean StricklandDricus Du Plessis1/20/2024UFC 297L$1,200,000 $0 350,000$150,000 $42,000 $1,392,000
Dricus du PlessisSean Strickland1/20/2024UFC 297W$300,000 $300,000 $32,000 $632,000
Neil MagnyMike Malott1/20/2024UFC 297W$120,000 $120,000 $50,000 $21,000 $311,000
Arnold AllenMovsar Evloev1/20/2024UFC 297L$72,000 $0 $11,000 $83,000
Raquel PenningtonMayra Bueno Silva1/20/2024UFC 297W$150,000 $150,000 $32,000 $332,000
Mayra Bueno SilvaRaquel Pennington1/20/2024UFC 297L$100,000 $0 $32,000 $132,000
Mike MalottNeil Magny1/20/2024UFC 297L$60,000 $0 $4,500 $64,500
Chris CurtisMarc-André Barriault1/20/2024UFC 297W$72,000 $72,000 $6,000 $150,000
Marc-André BarriaultChris Curtis1/20/2024UFC 297L$50,000 $0 $11,000 $61,000
Movsar EvloevArnold Allen1/20/2024UFC 297W$72,000 $72,000 $6,000 $150,000
Brad KatonaGarrett Armfield1/20/2024UFC 297L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Garrett ArmfieldBrad Katona1/20/2024UFC 297W$20,000 $20,000 $4,000 $44,000
Charles JourdainSean Woodson1/20/2024UFC 297L$50,000 $0 $11,000 $61,000
Sean WoodsonCharles Jourdain1/20/2024UFC 297W$50,000 $50,000 $6,000 $106,000
Ramon TaverasSerhiy Sidey1/20/2024UFC 297W$16,000 $16,000 $4,000 $36,000
Serhiy SideyRamon Taveras1/20/2024UFC 297L$16,000 $0 $50,000 $4,000 $70,000
Gillian RobertsonPolyana Viana1/20/2024UFC 297W$60,000 $60,000 $16,000 $136,000
Polyana VianaGillian Robertson1/20/2024UFC 297L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Sam PattersonYohan Lainesse1/20/2024UFC 297W$20,000 $20,000 $50,000 $4,000 $94,000
Yohan LainesseSam Patterson1/20/2024UFC 297L$20,000 $0 $4,500 $24,500
Jasmine JasudaviciusPriscila Cachoeira1/20/2024UFC 297W$48,000 $48,000 $6,000 $102,000
Priscila CachoeiraJasmine Jasudavicius1/20/2024UFC 297L$50,000 $0 $6,000 $56,000
Jimmy FlickMalcolm Gordon1/20/2024UFC 297W$40,000 $40,000 $50,000 $4,500 $134,500
Malcolm GordonJimmy Flick1/20/2024UFC 297L$30,000 $0 $6,000 $36,000

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