Ultimate Fighting Championship has left a lasting impression and significantly altered MMA. In addition, the money has led to some historic appointments to UFC’s roster of combatants. However, only some fighters have garnered record amounts of money from a single encounter. Here is a list of the top 5 highest UFC payouts in the event’s history.
Highest UFC Payouts in the History
UFC provides its combatants with contracts and a share of the pay-per-view revenue distributed among the fighters. In addition, UFC pays fighters for performance and win incentives. Therefore, professionals profit handsomely from the events. Here is the highest payday in a single UFC fight.
1) Conor McGregor – $5,000,000
McGregor made history in the greatest battle in UFC history by becoming the highest-paid combatant. At UFC 257, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor confronted each other for the second time.
The event will be the most lucrative UFC history, as McGregor earned $5,000,000 despite losing the fight. In addition, the PPV revenue share and sponsorships have increased the total compensation to $10 million.
2) Ronda Rousey – $3,000,000
Current WWE combatant has also demonstrated her MMA fighting prowess by competing in UFC under the Bantamweight division. Her best UFC bout occurred in 2016 against Amanda Nunes, where she was defeated.
However, the American starfighter still received the $3,000,000 assured base salary. Consequently, he ranks second on the list of UFC athletes with the highest earnings.
3) Conor McGregor – $3,000,000
Along with Khabib, McGregor has been the top mixed martial artist and competes for UFC. McGregor has participated in several significant MMA battles and earns a decent sum for his efforts.
McGregor fought Nurmagomedov in one of the greatest fights of the decade, and the Irishman earned a guaranteed basic salary of $3,000,000. In addition, sponsorships and PPV revenue have substantially increased total purses.
4) Brock Lesnar – $2,500,000
Brock Lesnar is currently contending in WWE and has extensive MMA experience. He was under contract with the UFC and participated in heavyweight competitions. Lesnar won four heavyweight titles during his career.
At UFC 200 in 2016, he participated in a fight against Mark Hunt that ended in a draw. However, the American has banked the $2,500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
5) Gerorges St. Pierre – $2,500,000
St-Pierre has had an outstanding MMA career in the middleweight and welterweight divisions. In a 2017 UFC bout against Michael Bisping, he stunned the MMA community by delivering a devastating defeat to the champion.
As a result of his outstanding performance in the competition, he was awarded a larger sum of money, totaling $2,500,000, and finished fifth on the list.
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