Curtis Blaydes leads charges with $262,000


UFC on ESPN 33 was one of the rare events in the modern climate where fighter salaries have trickled into the public.

Curtis Blaydes (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC), who defeated Chris Daukaus (13-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) by second-round TKO in the main event of the card this past Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, was the highest paid athlete on the card, netting $262,000 in disclosed earnings from the event.

The total salaries from the 12-bout card was $1,434,000, with just four names cracking the six-figure mark with their payouts.

MMA Junkie received salary information from the Ohio State Athletic Commission on Wednesday.

Check out the full fight purses for UFC on ESPN 33.

Alexa Grasso def. Joanne Wood

Alexa Grasso: $86,000 ($43,000 to show, $43,000 to win)

Joanne Wood: $70,000

Bryan Barberena def. Matt Brown

Bryan Barberena: $122,000 ($61,000 to show, $61,000 to win)

Matt Brown: $105,000

Kai Kara-France def. Askar Askarov

Kai Kara-France: $102,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)

Askar Askarov: $26,000

Sara McMann def. Karol Rosa

Sara McMann: $88,000 ($44,000 to show, $44,000 to win)

Karol Rosa: $28,000

Chris Gutierrez def. Danaa Batgerel

Chris Gutierrez: $72,000 ($36,000 to show, $36,000 to win)

Danaa Batgerel: $28,000

Manon Fiorot def. Jennifer Maia

Manon Fiorot: $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 to win)

Jennifer Maia: $60,000

Matheus Nicolau def. David Dvorak

Matheus Nicolau: $44,000 ($22,000 to show, $22,000 to win)

David Dvorak: $35,000

Luis Saldana def. Bruno Souza

Luis Saldana: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)

Bruno Souza: $12,000

The figures above do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC on ESPN 33 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC sometimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

For example, UFC officials also handed out a Fight of the Night bonus to Barberena and Brown – and two $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses to Blaydes and Gutierrez.

In other words, the above figures are simply salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.


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