UFC 245 Salaries: Champ Kamaru Usman, Challenger Colby Covington to Make $500K Flat

By Jay Pettry Dec 13, 2019
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is taking good care of its fighters in the three title fights at UFC 245 on Saturday.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the salaries from the event, which will take place on Dec. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Kamaru Usman will earn a flat $500,000 purse for his title defense against Colby Covington ($500,000) in the night's welterweight main event. Featherweight king Max Holloway is set to take home $350,000 regardless of the result against the streaking Australian challenger Alexander Volkanovski ($250,000) in the co-main event. Amanda Nunes, the third champ fighting on the card, will make $350,000 with the potential for a $100,000 win bonus in her rematch with Germaine de Randamie ($100,000). This potential payday for Nunes is actually smaller than when she competed at UFC 239 in July, as Nunes made a total of $500,000 by smashing Holly Holm.

Other significant payouts on the card include Jose Aldo, who will take home a minimum of $400,000 (and a potential $50,000 win bonus) against Marlon Moraes ($110,000 to show, $110,000 to win), and Urijah Faber, who makes a flat $250,000, win or lose. Jessica Eye has forfeited $14,400 after missing weight by five pounds, losing 30 percent of her $48,000 show purse against Viviane Araujo ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win).

Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.

UFC 245 Salaries:

Kamaru Usman: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Colby Covington: $500,000 (no win bonus)

Max Holloway: $350,000 (no win bonus)
Alexander Volkanovski: $250,000 (no win bonus)

Amanda Nunes: $350,000 ($100,000 win bonus)
Germaine de Randamie: $100,000 (no win bonus)

Marlon Moraes: $110,000 ($110,000 win bonus)
Jose Aldo: $400,000 ($50,000 win bonus)

Petr Yan: $66,000 ($66,000 win bonus)
Urijah Faber: $250,000 (no win bonus)

Mike Perry: $90,000 ($90,000 win bonus)
Geoff Neal: $31,000 ($31,000 win bonus)

Ketlen Vieira: $33,000 ($33,000 win bonus)
Irene Aldana: $40,000 ($40,000 win bonus)

Ian Heinisch: $25,000 ($25,000 win bonus)
Omari Akhmedov: $55,000 ($55,000 win bonus)

Matt Brown: $80,000 ($80,000 win bonus)
Ben Saunders: $35,000 ($35,000 win bonus)

Daniel Teymur: $18,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
Chase Hooper: $24,000 ($24,000 win bonus)

Brandon Moreno: $31,000 ($31,000 win bonus)
Kai Kara-France: $25,000 ($25,000 win bonus)

Jessica Eye: $48,000 ($48,000 win bonus, Eye fined $14,400 for missing weight)
Viviane Araujo: $45,000 ($45,000 win bonus)

Punahele Soriano: $10,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Oskar Piechota: $20,000 ($20,000 win bonus)


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