How Much Is Dricus Du Plessis Earning From Sean Strickland Fight at UFC 297?

Published 01/20/2024, 3:42 PM EST

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Dricus Du Plessis will face Sean Strickland at UFC 297 at the Scotiabank arena in Toronto. Du Plessis will put his undefeated UFC streak on the line against Strickland’s middleweight championship. Not only will the South African attempt to take the UFC middleweight title from Strickland, but he will also look to bag a significant purse from the bout that could reach seven figures.

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Along with the fame and notoriety that has come his way in the lead-up to the Strickland fight, Du Plessis will get paid significantly more than what he got for his last fight against Robert Whittaker.

UFC 297 will see Du Plessis earn $350,000 as base salary along with $32,000 in incentive pay. He could add another $350,000 as a win bonus if victorious at UFC 297. This will bring his purse from the night close to $800k. Money from sponsorship and a share of the rumored PPV sales could further inflate that amount and land him around $1 million, which would mark the highest earnings of his career in a single fight.

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In his previous fight against Robert Whittaker, he walked out with a base salary of $75,000, and with a win bonus, performance bonus, and promotional bonus he earned an estimated $206,000. Thus his title match with Strickland will see him earn significantly more than his encounter with the New Zealand-born fighter.

On the other hand ‘Tarzan’ will reportedly earn a base salary of $500,000 for the fight, along with $42,000 for sponsorships, plus a share of the PPV earnings; along with any win money and bonuses that he may be awarded at the event. Coming into UFC 297 as champion, Strickland will earn much more than the #1 ranked middleweight.

Dricus Du Plessis is undefeated in the UFC, having TKO’d four of those six opponents so far, . Originally slated to fight then-middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 293, the South African turned down the fight as he was still recovering from an injury.

Sean Strickland, of course, went on to shock the UFC world by dominating Adesanya for the full five rounds and becoming the new middleweight champion of the UFC.

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Strickland and ‘DDP’ promise deathmatch despite squashing beef

After threatening to stab Du Plessis if he talked about his childhood again, Sean Strickland squashed his beef with the South African at their pre-fight UFC 297 press conference, stating that “it was never f*cking personal,” with ‘Stillknocks’. He even gave props to ‘DDP’ for knocking him off his game and triggering him.

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“I go hard on everybody, you guys. You don’t think I deserve a little sh*t? I’m proud of the guy [Du Plessis]. You don’t see me lose character often. This motherf*cker got me,” he said. However, this did not stop him from promising that he and Du Plessis would fight “to the f*cking death,” to which the 30-year-old readily agreed.

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