UFC 263 Salaries: Adesanya ($500K), Vettori ($350K), Diaz ($250K) Top Event Payroll

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 21, 2021

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was the top earner at UFC 263, as he took home a disclosed payday of $500,000 for title defense in the evening’s main event.

The Arizona Department of Gaming recently released salaries from the card, which took place on June 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. While win bonuses were initially redacted by the commission, those figures were later released.

Adesanya’s opponent, Marvin Vettori, garnered the second-highest payday on the card with a $350,000 disclosed salary. Adesanya took a five-round verdict over “The Italian Dream” in a rematch of a April 2018 bout, which the Nigerian-born Kiwi won via split decision.

Elsewhere, fan favorite Nate Diaz received $250,000 for a unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards ($220,000) in a five-round, non-title welterweight affair. Diaz is one of the promotion’s biggest draws and was making his first appearance since a loss to Jorge Masvidal for the “BMF” title in November 2019.

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 263 Salaries:

Israel Adesanya: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Marvin Vettori: $350,000

Brandon Moreno: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Deiveson Figueiredo ($210,000)

Leon Edwards: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
Nate Diaz ($250,000)

Belal Muhammad: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
Demian Maia ($175,000)

Paul Craig: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
Jamahal Hill ($28,000)

Brad Riddell: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Drew Dober ($87,000)

Eryk Anders: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Darren Stewart ($45,000)

Lauren Murphy: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Joanne Calderwood ($51,000)

Movsar Evloev: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
Hakeem Dawodu ($55,000)

Pannie Kianzad: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Alexis Davis ($43,000)

Terrance McKinney: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Matt Frevola ($23,000)

Steven Peterson: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Chase Hooper ($37,000)

Fares Ziam: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Luigi Vendramini ($15,000)

Carlos Felipe: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Jake Collier ($28,000)

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