Nate Diaz and Israel Adesanya are among the biggest earners at UFC 263.
Partial salaries for UFC 263 — which took place Sat., June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., on pay-per-view (PPV) — were released by the Arizona Department of Gaming on Monday. The disclosed payouts deviate from the recent trend of commissions privatizing previously public fighter payouts.
The win bonuses for UFC 263 athletes were redacted. MMA Fighting reached out to the Arizona Department of Gaming, and a spokesperson for the commission said it would look into the matter.
Generally, fighters lower on the card get a win bonus equal to the show money. Headliners often take a flat purse with additional pay such as PPV splits, which are not disclosed. The below figures only show the flat show money for UFC 263 fighters.
UFC 263 Main Card (ESPN+ PPV)
Israel Adesanya ($500,000) def. Marvin Vettori ($350,000)
Brandon Moreno ($100,000) def. Deiveson Figueiredo ($210,000)
Leon Edwards ($110,000) def. Nate Diaz ($250,000)
Belal Muhammad ($80,000) def. Demian Maia ($175,000)
Paul Craig ($55,000) def. Jamahal Hill ($28,000)
UFC 263 ‘Prelims’ Under Card (ESPN)
Brad Riddell ($40,000) def. Drew Dober ($87,000)
Eryk Anders ($75,000) def. Darren Stewart ($45,000)
Lauren Murphy ($70,000) def. Joanne Calderwood ($51,000)
Movsar Evloev ($36,000) def. Hakeem Dawodu ($55,000)
Early ‘Prelims’ Under Card (ESPN+)
Pannie Kianzad ($28,000) def. Alexis Davis ($43,000)
Terrance McKinney ($12,000) def. Matt Frevola ($23,000)
Steven Peterson ($23,000) def. Chase Hooper ($37,000)
Fares Ziam ($14,000) def. Luigi Vendramini ($15,000)
Carlos Felipe ($25,000) def. Jake Collier ($28,000)
Keep in mind the payouts listed above do not include fight bonuses, Venum sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the promotion always hands out extra cash for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” bonuses, as well as the occasional (and undisclosed) locker room incentives (see those here).
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