Revealed: Nate Diaz’ major drop in salary after Conor McGregor
UFC star Nate Diaz is one of the most popular MMA fighters in the world and together with his brother Nick Diaz, he has helped build the UFC to the billion-dollar company it is today.
But despite being one of the most well-known fighters on the planet, Nate hasn’t been payed as generously as other fighters in the UFC.
A quick look at Diaz’ career earnings since his UFC debut in 2007 shows that he has been underpaid most of his career, and that his peak salary was during the Conor McGregor fights in 2016.
Disclaimer: in no way is this the total amount of money that Nate Diaz has received during his UFC career. The following numbers does not include PPV bonuses, locker room bonuses, sponsorship deals before UFC’s deal with Reebok, management & gym fees etc. Use these numbers as estimation, rather than exact science.
The following list includes the money to show, win bonus, fight of the night-bonuses and Reebok sponsorship money.
Some of Nate Diaz UFC pay
- Nate Diaz made an estimated $16,000 in his first UFC fight against Manvel Gamburyan, and made $15,000 in his eighteenth (!) fight against Josh Thompson, his first TKO loss.
- Diaz made an estimated $50,000 for his title shot against Benson Henderson in December 2012.
- When Diaz faced Rafael dos Anjos, two fights prior to the McGregor fights, he only made $16,000 ($20,000 in show money minus $4000 for missing weight).
- Diaz made an estimated $620,000 in his first fight against McGregor and an estimated $2,070,000 for the rematch. He won three $50,000 bonuses in those two fights.
- Three years after fighting McGregor, Diaz made an estimated $270,000 for fighting former champion Anthony Pettis.
- In his BMF title fight against Jorge Masvidal, Diaz earned an estimated $520,000
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