UFC 251 Salaries With Bonuses Have Been Revealed
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal shared the main event at UFC 251 on Fight Island and the two welterweights were also the top billing when it came to earnings on Saturday night.
The two welterweight rivals fought in a hotly anticipated fight, that was deemed as boring by many, after Masvidal replaced Gilbert Burns at just six days notice.
Gamebred probably should have been the one in position to challenge Usman in the first place but an issue over with money with UFC, and president Dana White, and now we know how much he got to return at UFC 251.
According to Sportekz, Usman made $600,000 plus and $40,000 promotion bonus, whilst Masvidal took home $500,000 guaranteed and another $30k of promotional money.
In the controversial co-main event, where featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski was victorious over Max Holloway on a point decision, the champion took home $390,000 whilst the challenger earned $310,000 for his night's work.
In the night's other title fight, for the vacant bantamweight title, Petr Yan earned $230,000 for his win. The Russian's money was split by $100k for the fight, $100k for his win and another $30,000 for the promotional bonus.
Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas both earned $50,000 extra for their performance of the night, as Namajunas won their rematch from last year.
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The two women took home $165,000 and $265,000 respectively, with the winner earning herself an impressive $100k win bonus on the night.
In the opening fight of the show Paige VanZant took home $33,000 more than Amanda Ribas, despite losing in the first round, as her guaranteed money was far higher than the Brazilian's, in the final fight on her UFC contract.
Jiri Prochazka and Davey Grant both earned $50,000 each, on the preliminary and early preliminary cards respectively, for their performances of the night.
Masvidal hinted ahead of Saturday night that the new deal he signed was for more than just the fight on Saturday so we can expect to see him back in the octagon sooner or later.
After losing on points on Saturday he told Usman, 'I'll get some wins and we'll run this back," something fans will likely want to see once he has more than six days' notice.
Next up for Usman is expected to be Gilbert Burns, but the Nigerian Nightmare did hint that he wanted a huge super-fight next.
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