How Much Did UFC 293 Headliners Sean Strickland and Israel Adesanya Make at the Sydney Event

Published 09/11/2023, 5:25 AM EDT

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Most UFC fans are aware of the fact that UFC title fights are big-money events. Despite the promotion’s alleged act of underpaying a section of fighters, the ones pitted for championship fights might not have any such complaints. Fighters in a title fight often earn PPV points, which add a lucrative amount to their overall earnings from the fight. Looking at the recently concluded UFC 293, most fans might have already realized that the main event of the night was a big-money affair as well.

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The noted UFC icon, Conor McGregor, has earned the most lucrative amount of $23,011,000 from a single UFC fight to date. The former UFC Middleweight champ, Israel Adesanya’s payouts might not come anywhere around that. But he is also one of the highest-paid stars of the promotion. Hence, a large chunk of them might opine both the main eventers of UFC 293, ‘Izzy’ and Sean Strickland earned quite heavy purses for their fights. But the exact figures are probably unknown to most of them.

Israel Adesanya left his rival miles behind in payouts even after a loss

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Israel Adesanya reportedly earned a whopping $3,180,000 from his UFC 287 bout against his archrival Alex Pereira. The payouts included a $2 million PPV share, a $32,000 sponsorship share, a $50,000 performance bonus, and a $1 million base pay. Most fans know that the bout ended in ‘The Last Stylebender’s’ favor. But, even after losing his title at the UFC 293 main event, ‘Izzy’s payouts didn’t reflect the same.

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Reports revealed that he earned a base salary of $1M along with  $42,000 more for sponsorships. However, the UFC 293 PPV earnings became the major difference in ‘Izzy’s’ total payout. As already mentioned, Adesanya’s PPV earnings from his UFC 287 bout stood at $2M. But when it comes to UFC 293, ‘Izzy’s’ PPV earnings made him more money for his loss at UFC 293 than his victory at UFC 287.

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Reports say that he pocketed a whopping $2.5M from the PPV points of UFC 293. Most fans might have already made the calculations that Adesanya earned a total of an insane $3.54M from his UFC fight. But what about his rival, Sean Strickland?

Sean Strickland had his biggest UFC payday despite lagging far behind Adesanya

Most fans might know that Strickland wasn’t supposed to get the title shot at UFC 293. He accepted the fight against ‘Izzy’ to replace Dricus Du Plessis, who refused to fight at UFC 293 since he needed more time to recover from an injury. Thus, a lot of fans might have realized Strickland was never a massive name in the UFC Middleweight division. His payouts also reflected the same.

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But, being in a title fight somewhere guarantees that both fighters will walk out with a respectable earning from it. But, what ‘The Tarzan’ earned must have got him excited. He received the highest payout of his UFC career for his UFC 293 bout that also crowned him as the promotion’s Middleweight champion.

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Reports say that Strickland earned a base salary of $500,000 for the bout. However, his earnings increased significantly after earning a total of $150,000 in bouses. He also pocketed a $32,000 sponsorship bonus. But the PPV points became the major boost to his UFC 293 earnings. The US native reportedly made a whopping $850,000 from PPV points, which propelled his entire UFC 293 earnings up to $1.5M.

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Are you satisfied after knowing the exact figures that the UFC 293 main eventers earned? Or do you think that these types of massive events should provide fighters with bigger paydays?

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