The total disclosed payroll for Saturday night’s UFC 248 event in Las Vegas, Nevada was $2.086 million.
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was the highest earner, taking home $500,000 for his unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero. That’s a hefty price tag for a fight that did not impress the boss.
The below UFC 248 salaries do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. These numbers also do not reflect sponsorship dollars, including the official UFC 248 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.
Complete disclosed UFC 248 salaries:
- Israel Adesanya: $500,000 (no win bonus) defeated Yoel Romero: $350,000
- Zhang Weili: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $106,000
- Beneil Dariush: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) defeated Drakkar Klose: $40,000
- Neil Magny: $152,000 (includes $76,000 win bonus) defeated Li Jingliang: $64,000
- Alex Oliveira: $128,000 (includes $64,000 win bonus) defeated Max Griffin: $35,000
- Sean O’Malley: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) defeated Jose Quinonez: $33,000
- Mark Madsen: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) defeated Austin Hubbard: $12,000
- Rodolfo Vieira: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) defeated Saparbek Safarov: $22,000
- Gerald Meerschaert: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) defeated Deron Winn: $12,000
- Giga Chikadze: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) defeated Jamall Emmers: $10,000
- Danaa Batgerel: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) defeated Guido Cannetti: $14,000
Dariush and O’Malley were awarded another $50,000 for “Performance of the Night,” as well as Weili and Jedrzejczyk for “Fight of the Night.”