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UFC 300: Dana White Rolls Out Over $25M in Total Payout as Alex Pereira, Jamahal Hill Headlined Fighters Receive Compliance Pay

Published 04/15/2024, 10:24 AM EDT

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The UFC always does something special at every 100th event. Remember how Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre featured in UFC 100? It was an early peak for the promotion’s popularity and brand power. And then UFC 200 was the last event under Zuffa. Post this, Endeavor took control of the promotion. So, of course, there had to be something intriguing about UFC 300- beyond the fights.

Well, yes! The anniversary mega-card saw all fighters make weight and a bevy of exciting fights. One of the reasons, no doubt, was the added incentive of the Fight and Performance bonuses being increased from $50k to $300k as well as the bragging rights of winning the BMF title at the marquee event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, the UFC broke a promotional record by paying out a record $462,000 in total compliance payout.

Fat compliance pay for UFC 300 fighters!

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Compliance pay is based upon a set of guidelines for the apparel, media obligations, and other items under the fighter code of conduct that are recommended by the promotion. And fighters are paid in accordance with the number of bouts they have had in the UFC and their status in the promotion. Featuring a stacked card with eleven current and former champions in the line-up, UFC 300 will go down in the books as one of the greatest cards the UFC has put on.

Light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira, women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili, and former BMF title holder Justin Gaethje all received $42,000 in compliance pay. Former Jamahal Hill, who lost to Pereira in the first round of their main event bout, took home $32,000, as did Yan Xiaonan who fell short in her co-main event title bout against her Chinese compatriot Weili.

In addition, Max Holloway also got $32,000 for his fantastic BMF title-winning bout against Gaethje. Further down the main card, Arman Tsarukyan was paid $11,000 for sticking to the promotion’s guidelines. Charles Oliveira, who lost a narrow decision to the Armenian, received $21,000 in compliance pay.

As far as Bo Nickal and Cody Brundage are concerned, the former received $4,000 and the latter $6,000 in compliance pay. The stacked card featured a fantastic preliminary and early preliminary card, and fighters on it also took home a pretty packet in compliance pay. At the top of the preliminary card, Jiri Prochazka and Aleksandar Rakic took home $4,500 and $6,000 respectively.

On the other hand, Kayla Harrison, making her UFC debut, took home $4,000 while the veteran Holly Holm made almost four times in compliance pay and received $16,000 from the Dana White-led promotion. Aljamain Sterling received $16,000, while Calvin Kattar got $11,000.

In the first fight of the prelim card, Diego Lopes walked away $4,500 richer while Sodiq Yusuff got $6,000 as compliance pay. At the top of the early prelim card, the victorious Renato ‘Money’ Moicano made $16,000 while his opponent, Jalin Turner, got $11,000 in compliance pay.

Brazilians Jessica Andrade and Marina Rodriguez got $21,000 and $11,000. Jim Miller, who holds the distinction of having fought on UFC 100 and UFC 200, took home $21,000, as did his opponent Bobby Green. For UFC 300’s very first fight, Deiveson Figueiredo received $16,000, while former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt got $11,000 in compliance pay.

How much has the promotion spent on compliance pay?

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From the compliance program’s birth till date, the promotion has spent over $25 million on its fighters. Below is a year-by-year comparison:

2024 (Jan 1st – April 13th)$2,465,000
2023 total$8,188,000
2022 total$8,351,500
2021 total$6,167,500
Total amount historically spent$25,202,000

However, did you know that compliance pay guidelines were revised back in 2021 and have been applicable since then? Yes! The idea was to boost the incentive pay by about $1 million. The guidelines mention eight tiers that fighters are divided into, and their compliance rate depends on where they fit into the chart.

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No. of fightsOld payment (before 2021)Adjusted payment (since 2021)
1-3$3,500$4,000
4-5$4.000$4.500
6-10$5,000$6,000
11-15$10,000$11,000
16-20$15,000$16,000
21+$20,000$21,000
Title Challenger$30,000$32,000
Champion$40,000$42,000

How are these payouts funded? It is done by the promotion’s deal with brands like Venum.

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Kanishk Thakur is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports with nearly 5 years of professional writing experience. Kanishk has expertly covered the heated rivalries of the fight game, and delivered meticulous reports of payouts of PPV events and Fight Nights, in addition to covering the personal side of fighters outside the sport. He is also an ardent Joe Rogan fan, who hopes to draw in more fans to the sport as Rogan did for him.
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