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And he led the disclosed payroll, pocketing a cool seven-figure purse which reportedly includes a cut of the pay-per-view.
'Gamebred' also earned a PPV bonus, banking $800,000 in his second UFC title defeat in a row.
Aside from Masvidal, 11 other UFC 261 fighters earned a six-figure purse: Valentina Shevchenko, Weili Zhang, Chris Weidman, Anthony Smith, Uriah Hall, Rose Namajunas, Jimmy Crute, Randy Brown, Jessica Andrade, Dwight Grant and Brendan Allen.
In addition to their reported purses, Usman, Namajunas, Jeff Molina and Qileng Aori also received $50,000 post-fight related bonuses for their Octagon performances.
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- UFC (@ufc) April 25, 2021
UFC 261 payroll (selected fighters):
Kamaru Usman: $1.5m - ($750,000 to show, $640,000 PPV bonus, $60,000 sponsorship bonus, $50,000 'Performance of the Night bonus)
Jorge Masvidal: $800,000 - ($500,000 to show, $260,000 PPV bonus, $40,000 sponsorship bonus)
Valentina Shevchenko: $430,000 - ($300,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $30,000 sponsorship bonus)
Weili Zhang: $380,000 - ($350,000, $30,000 sponsorship bonus)
Chris Weidman: $420,000 - ($400,000 to show, $20,000 sponsorship bonus)
Anthony Smith: $360,000 - ($250,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $10,000 sponsorship bonus)
Uriah Hall: $325,000 - ($220,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)
Rose Namajunas: $310,000 - ($150,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $50,000 'Performance of the Night' bonus, $10,000 sponsorship bonus)
Jimmy Crute: $205,000 - ($200,000 to show, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)
Randy Brown: $125,000 - ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)
Jessica Andrade: $115,000 - ($110,000 to show, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)
Dwight Grant: $115,000 - ($55,000 to show, $55,000 win bonus, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)
Brendan Allen: $101,000 - ($48,000 to show, $48,000 to win, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)
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