UFC 270 payouts: Ngannou 600K, Figueiredo 150K, several fighters on just 10-12K contractsGet the Full StoryPhoto by Mike Roach Zuffa LLC
The two champions and their opponents got six figures, while several on the card are on minimum contracts. Payouts for UFC events are rarely made public these days, ever since Las Vegas and Florida started catering to the promotion s desire to keep purses hidden. UFC 270 was hosted in California though, so for this event, we do get a glimpse of the fighters disclosed salaries.
Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou recently went on record to express dissatisfaction with his contract, vowing that after UFC 270, he will not fight for 500K, 600K anymore. This is exactly what he and his opponent Ciryl Gane had disclosed.
Topping the bill is Ngannou who took a base pay of 600,000, while Gane, who came into the event with the interim UFC belt, had a purse of 500,000.
The flyweight title bout had significantly smaller purses compared to their heavyweight counterparts. The new champion in Deiveson Figueiredo had a disclosed pay of 150,000 and the now former title holder in Brandon Moreno was at 200,000.
It s also worth pointing out that there were several fighters with minimum purses on the card.
Four fighters including one on the main card are on the standard minimum contracts for directly signed UFC fighters at 12,000.
That wasn t the lowest pay on the card though. Five other fighters had even smaller contracts of just 10,000, as they were veterans of Dana White s Contender Series, which produces cheaper content for the promotion.
Bloody Elbow s business analyst, John Nash did some quick napkin math with the figures that were released. Even factoring the typical PPV cuts and possible discretionary bonuses, it seems like once again, fighters didn t make much compared to the money that the event will generate for the UFC:
We can see from estimates from Morgan Stanley, other financial releases that they get an extra 20m or so from all the contracted sources for PPV events. Throw in gate and they made maybe 26m or so for this. So fighter pay not total expenses maybe 14 of revenue. John S. Nash heynottheface January 23, 2022
Here s the full list of UFC 270 disclosed purses and payouts, courtesy of MMA Fighting.
Francis Ngannou: 600,000 no win bonus
Ciryl Gane: 500,000
Deiveson Figueiredo: 150,000 no win bonus
Brandon Moreno: 200,000
Michel Pereira: 100,000 50,000 win bonus
Andre Fialho: 12,000
Said Nurmagomedov: 50,000 25,000 win bonus
Cody Stamann: 65,000
Michael Morales: 20,000 10,000 win bonus
Trevin Giles: 45,000
Victor Henry: 40,000 20,000 win bonus
Raoni Barcelos: 29,000
Jack Della Maddalena: 20,000 10,000 win bonus
Pete Rodriguez: 12,000
Tony Gravely: 44,000 22,000 win bonus
Saimon Oliveira: 10,000
Matt Frevola: 46,000 23,000 win bonus
Genaro Valdez: 10,000
Vanessa Demopoulos: 24,000 12,000 win bonus
Silvana Gomez Juarez: 12,000
Jasmine Jasudavicius: 20,000 10,000 win bonus
Kay Hansen: 17,000