Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sport that is certainly on the up, and it's popularity has sky rocketed over the last decade.
Thanks to names such as Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Jon Jones and many, many more, UFC has become one of the biggest sports in the world.
But how much are the fighters actually paid to put their bodies through hell inside and outside the Octagon?
Well, a fascinating report from the Express has emerged showing just how much top fighters in the sport have earned from recent fights.
UFC is very similar to boxing. The bigger attraction you are, the more money you earn. Ticket sales, PPV sales, merchandise sales and more can all determine just how much you earn from the company.
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If you're a Conor McGregor, for example, you're going to stand a good chance of earning a hell of a lot more per fight than most of the roster.
But, with that in mind, here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest stars' last three disclosed fight purses, all of which would’ve been topped up by their respective cuts of PPV points, so no doubt they will have earned a hell of a lot more in extras.
No better place to start really than 'Notorious' himself.
The best way to look at how much someone is paid in UFC is to look at their paydays from recent fight nights, and so below are the financial sides of McGregor's last three fights.
- UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor - £2,432,000
- UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor - £2,391,000
- UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor 2 - £2,391,000
Up next...Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The man who defeated McGregor back in October 2018 at UFC 229.
As you can see below, that fight with the Irishman helped send 'The Eagle' on his way to superstardom. His fight purse before McGregor and after McGregor is truly staggering.
- UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier - £5,000,000 (reported)
- UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor - £1,621,600
- UFC 223: Khabib vs Iaquinta - £405,405
One of, if not the, biggest name in the heavyweight division.
Jon Jones is certainly a powerhouse in UFC, both in terms of in-ring style and also his reputation, but despite that, his fight purses are shockingly low compared to the above mentioned.
- UFC 239: Jones vs Santos - £405,405
- UFC 235: Jones vs Smith - £405,405
- UFC 232: Jones vs Gustafsson II - £405,405
- UFC 244: Diaz vs Masvidal - £384,157 (reported)
- UFC 241: Pettis vs Diaz - £202,720
- UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor II - £1,621,600
As you can see from Diaz' above fight purses, when McGregor's name is next to you, you are going to get a bigger payday.
McGregor was right all along when he said he's the cash cow of the sport...
So there are some of the highest earners in UFC and how much they were paid in their most recent bouts, but what about UFC 246 that is coming up this weekend?
Well, below shows you the financial side of this event and how much the fighters are being paid.
Conor McGregor: £2.3million ($3 million) (no win bonus)
Donald Cerrone: £154,000 ($200,000) to show, £154,000 ($200,000) to win
Holly Holm: £115,000 ($150,000) to show, £38,000 ($50,000) to win
Raquel Pennington: £48,000 ($63,000) to show, £48,000 ($63,000) to win
Alexey Oleynik: £57,000 ($75,000) to show, £57,000 ($75,000) to win
Maurice Greene: £23,000 ($30,000) to show, £23,000 ($30,000) to win
Anthony Pettis: £119,00 ($155,000) to show, £119,000 ($155,000) to win
Diego Ferreira: £38,000 ($50,000) to show, £38,000 ($50,000) to win