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UFC salaries: Seven fighters pocketed over $100k at UFC 278!

✔ Usman tops the paylist - but lost the belt in a vicious way! ✔ Heavyweight fighter Tybura gets more than the former UFC champion

The former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman tops the list of the highest earning athletes competing at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City on August 20.

The Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission disclosed the UFC salaries to MMA Fighting after a formal request. The report showed that Usman pocketed $500,000 for his title defense against Leon Edwards at the PPV event. It was Usman’s sixth consecutive title defense but despite a good effort, Edwards would win the UFC belt with a vicious head kick knockout in the fifth round. Edwards was paid $350,000 for the title bout but did not pocket an additional win bonus. Neither Usman nor Edwards had a win bonus in their contract, which could mean that both welterweights received percentages of the event’s PPV earnings.

A total of seven fighters got over $100,000: Usman, Edwards, Jose Aldo, Marcin Tybura, Luke Rockhold, Merab Dvalishvili and Paulo Costa. Four fighters also received an additional bonus amount of $50,000:

  • Fight of the Night: Costa vs Rockhold
  • Performance of the Night #1: Leon Edwards
  • Performance of the Night #2: Victor Altamirano

Take a closer look at the payouts from UFC 278 in Salt Lake City in our overview below. Remember that the following numbers are sums that should be taken with a pinch of salt. Please note that these amounts do not include things like sponsorships, “secret bonuses” or additional income from, for example, the UFC’s partnership with Venum.


UFC salaries from UFC 278: Usman vs Edwards 2

  1. Kamaru Usman: $500,000
  2. Leon Edwards: $350,000 *
  3. Jose Aldo: $400,000
  4. Marcin Tybura: $240,000
  5. Luke Rockhold: $200,000
  6. Merab Dvalishvili: $198,000 *
  7. Paulo Costa: $130,000 *
  8. Jared Gordon: $94,000 *
  9. Tyson Pedro: $86,000 *
  10. Lucie Pudilova: $46,000 *
  11. Leonardo Santos: $44,000
  12. Alexandr Romanov: $36,000
  13. Amir Albazi: $32,000 *
  14. Sean Woodson: $24,000
  15. Ange Loosa: $24,000 *
  16. Aoriqileng: $24,000 *
  17. Wu Yanan: $20,000
  18. Victor Altamirano: $20,000 *
  19. Luis Saldana: $14,000
  20. Francisco Figueiredo: $14,000
  21. Harry Hunsucker: $12,000
  22. Jay Perrin: $12,000
  23. A.J. Fletcher: $10,000
  24. Daniel Lacerda: $10,000

* No win bonus

** Doubled his salary with a win bonus

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