How Much Money Did UFC 254 Stars Make On PPV?

Published 10/25/2020, 9:48 AM EDT


UFC 254 was one of, if not the biggest, card of this year. A mouth-watering clash between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje featured at the top of the card.

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The UFC 229 card holds the record for most PPV buys. However, as per Dana White, UFC 254 was on track to best UFC 229 in terms of pay-per-view buys. 

The scale of the event was beneficial for all fighters. Not only did the fighters on the card get exposed to many people, they also enjoyed a bountiful payday. It was an excellent opportunity for newcomers to make a name for themselves with the whole world tuned in. 

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Here is what the UFC fighters made for the fight. The amounts mentioned below are not official figures disclosed by the UFC. It is based on conjecture, and the official figures will be released later. 

Early Prelims:

Women Flyweight Fight

  • Liana Jojua: $10,000
  • Miranda Maverick: $12,000

Lightweight Fight

  • Joel Alvarez: $18,000
  • Alexander Yakovlev: $26,000

UFC 254 Preliminary card:

Heavyweight Fight

  • Stefan Struve: $1,20,000
  • Tai Tuivasa: $24,000

Welterweight Fight

  • Alex Oliveira: $70.000
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov: $10,000

Catchweight Fight

  • Nathaniel Wood: $26,000
  • Casey Kenney: $22,000

Light Heavyweight Fight

  • Jung Da Un: $10,000
  • Sam Alvey: $60,000

UFC 254 Main Card:

Light Heavyweight Fight

  • Magomed Ankalaev: $45,000
  • Ion Cutelaba: $35,000

Women Flyweight Fight

  • Lauren Murphy: NA
  • Liliya Shakirova: NA

Middleweight Fight

  • Jacob Malkoun: $10,000
  • Phil Hawes: $10,000

Heavyweight Fight

  • Alexander Volkov: $85,000
  • Walt Harris: $80,000

Middleweight Fight

  • Robert Whittaker: $400,000
  • Jared Cannonier: $90,000

Lightweight Title Fight

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov: $3,000,00
  • Justin Gaethje: $600,000

The most interesting figure from these numbers was what Khabib Nurmagomedov made. It is reported that on his debut ‘The Eagle’ made around $16,000.

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8 years and several title defenses down the line, Khabib reportedly earned a base pay of $3 million. A truly mind-boggling, yet well-deserved amount. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib now retires as the undefeated, undisputed lightweight champion. He has cemented his place among the greatest to ever step inside the octagon. 

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What do you make of the payouts to the fighters at UFC 254? How much do you think Khabib will pocket when it’s all said and done?

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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