Win or lose, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are set to bank serious dough for their main event clash tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) at UFC 229 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Per a document released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier today, McGregor is expected to pull in a wealthy $3 million payday for his return to the Octagon, while Khabib will make the most he ever has with a $2 million fight purse.
While these numbers are eye popping for a mixed martial arts (MMA) bout, both lightweights are scheduled to make more once PPV buys, merchandise sales, and Reebok payouts are calculated. Not to mention McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey that will grace the Octagon canvas.
Here is a complete list of UFC 229’s official salaries:
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $2 million (no win bonus)
vs. Conor McGregor: $3 million (no win bonus)
Tony Ferguson: $150,000 to show ($5,000 to win)
vs Anthony Pettis: $145,000 to show ($145,000 to win)
Ovince Saint Preux: $86,000 to show ($86,000 to win)
vs. Dominick Reyes: $45,000 to show ($45,000 to win)
Derrick Lewis: $135,000 to show ($135,000 to win)
vs. Alexander Volkov: $75,000 to show ($75,000 to win)
Michelle Waterson: $50,000 to show ($50,000 to win)
vs. Felice Herrig: $40,000 to show ($40,000 to win)
Sergio Pettis: $46,000 to show ($46,000 to win)
vs. Jussier Silva: $43,000 to show ($43,000 to win)
Vicente Luque: $38,000 to show ($38,000 to win)
vs. Jalin Turner: $10,000 to show ($10,000 to win)
Aspen Ladd: $12,000 to show ($12,000 to win)
vs. Tonya Evinger: $30,000 to show ($30,000 to win)
Scott Holtzman: $30,000 to show ($30,000 to win)
vs. Alan Patrick: $30,000 to show ($30,000 to win)
Lina Lansberg: $20,000 to show ($20,000 to win)
vs. Yana Kunitskaya: $25,000 to show ($25,000 to win)
Grey Maynard: $54,000 to show ($54,000 to win)
vs. Nik Lentz: $50,000 to show ($50,000 to win)
Ryan LaFlare: $33,000 to show ($33,000 to win)
vs. Tony Martin: $28,000 to show ($28,000 to win)
Already pegged as the biggest fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, McGregor vs. Khabib has the potential to eclipse 2 million PPV buys and set the all-time UFC record. Big numbers are par for the course with McGregor fights but this one is extra special, especially considering Khabib’s undefeated record, McGregor’s anticipated return to the cage after a two year absence, and the bad blood shared between the two fighters.
If this PPV does what it is supposed to do these salaries will be money well spent.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
To see who else is fighting at UFC 229 click here.