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.
Curtis Blaydes def. Chis Daukaus
Curtis Blaydes: $262,000 ($131,000 to show, $131,000 to win)
Chris Daukaus: $80,000
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.