The UFC Has Lifted The Lid On How Much Each Fighter At UFC 248 Made
Even though the amount of money flowing through pretty much all major sports is truly obscene, unless your name ends with either McGregor or Mayweather Jr., the kind of bank a particular star is truly making often remains something of a mystery. Often we have to wait for magazines like Forbes to release their highest-paid lists to get a good gauge on who's marketable and who's not, but even then, you can never be quite sure when the reported figures are actually kocher.
As deemed by the Nevada State Athletics Commission, however, the UFC is required to disclose the paycheques each fighter is set to earn before stepping into the octagon for a fight, giving us a unique few at just what your average fighter stands to earn over the course of a year or so.
Naturally, the high earners of the night came in the form of its main event stars, with defending champ Israel Adesanya pocketing half a million dollars US for his fight against Yoel Romero. Romero, in turn, earned $350,000 for his time, with neither promised a win bonus if they emerged victorious.
However, despite putting on arguably the fight of the year so far, Womens' strawweight competitors Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk took home less than half of The Last Stylebender's each. According to the NSAC, they were each paid $100,000 for their services, with an extra $100k awarded to the winner of the bout.
Of course, the argument to be made after the fact UFC salaries are largely set based on card position and marketability, and that the UFC is one of the few sports where women are adequately paid for their services if they're able to generate the revenue to go along with it. Rhonda Rousey, for instance, made in excess of $3 million for one fight during her pomp, which rivaled the expected purses of her contemporaries like McGregor and Brock Lesnar at the time.
Check out the official UFC 248 main card salaries below, as reported by MMAMania (all figures in USD as of last week):
Israel Adesanya (c) - $500,000 (no win bonus) vs. Yoel Romero - $350,000 (no win bonus)
Weili Zhang (c) - $100,000 to show ($100,000 to win) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk - $106,000 to show ($106,000 to win)
Beneil Dariush - $70,000 to show ($70,000 to win) vs. Drakkar Klose - $40,000 to show ($40,000 to win)
Neil Magny - $76,000 to show ($76,000 to win) vs. Li Jingliang - $64,000 to show ($64,000 to win)
Alex Oliveira - $64,000 to show ($64,000 to win) vs. Max Griffin - $35,000 to show ($35,000 to win)