Monday, April 16, 2018

UFC on Fox 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje was held on April 14, 2018, at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. These are the purses, as reported by the Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission.

Dustin Poirier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
beat Justin Gaethje: $110,000

Alex Oliveira: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
beat Carlos Condit $115,000

Israel Adesanya: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
beat Marvin Vettori $20,000

Michelle Waterson: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
beat Cortney Casey $33,000

Antonio Carlos Junior: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
beat Tim Boetsch $72,000

Muslim Salikhov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
beat Ricky Rainey $14,000

John Moraga: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
beat Wilson Reis $31,000

Brad Tavares: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
beat Krzysztof Jotko $36,000

Gilbert Burns: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
beat Dan Moret $12,000

Lauren Mueller: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
beat Shana Dobson $12,000

Yushin Okami: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
beat Dhiego Lima $15,000

Adam Wieczorek: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
beat Arjan Bhullar $12,000

Alejandro Perez: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
beat Matthew Lopez $33,000

Luke Sanders: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
beat Patrick Williams $12,000

Total: $1.481 million.

The above figures are the fighter payout information that promoters are required by Arizona regulations to submit to the state athletic commission; they do not represent a full accounting of each fighter’s income.

Fighters bear significant costs including training expenses, a percentage to management, a percentage to the trainer, plus insurance, licenses, and taxes.

On the income side, fighters earned sponsorship of between $3,500 and $40,000 for wearing Reebok apparel in the Octagon, and for the fight week preceding it. Some fighters receive discretionary “Locker Room” bonuses in the mail. Although it is not usual, in some cases there is an LOA [Letter of Agreement] on the contract for additional income. Four $50,000 ‘of the Night’ Performance Bonuses, are awarded. Further, main event PPV fighters receive a percentage of the PPV gross, as contracted, generally at a rate that escalates with increased PPV buys. Out-of-event sponsorship money too can be a significant, although it is much, much smaller for many fighters than it was in the past. And lastly, many fighters earn income from teaching, from appearances, and in many cases from regular employment in the non-fighting space.