UFC on ESPN 53 Payouts: Namajunas Earning the Big Bucks



UFC on ESPN 53 Payouts: Namajunas Earning the Big Bucks

The build up to UFC 300 continues once again on Saturday night. It’s another night at the UFC Apex, in Las Vegas, headlined by an all time great and someone on the hunt for the chance to become UFC champion.

It might not be the only thing up for grabs but we’ve got all the news on the UFC fighter pay and UFC on ESPN 53 payouts ahead of this weekend’s card. 

The women have their chance to shine in the Apex as Amanda Ribas vs Rose Namajunas takes center stage in Vegas. 

We’ll also bring you the news of who might be picking up the UFC bonuses on Saturday night, just weeks before the biggest pay-per-view event in the promotion’s history.

UFC Fighter Pay: What Will Ribas and Namajunas Be Paid at UFC on ESPN 53?

Alexa Grasso is the current women’s flyweight champion inside the Octagon and in the main event this weekend, Ribas will be looking to move up the rankings from her place at number eight. In front of her is former two time strawweight champion Namajunas.

Whilst they’ll both be motivated to move up the rankings, and potentially face Grasso in the future, there’s still a lot to be said for UFC fighter pay being a motivating factor. 

Brazilian Ribas made her UFC debut in 2019 and an overall MMA record of 13-4 has reportedly earned her a net worth of $1 million. She is reportedly on base pay of around $48,000 and earned that much in her last appearance, against Luana Pinheiro. Will her UFC on ESPN 53 prize money be boosted by another $50,000 bonus as it was back in November?

‘Thug’ Rose is making just her second appearance at flyweight. She has lost her most recent fights, including her debut in this division. She’ll be hoping another loss won’t drop her UFC fighter pay.

As a former two time champion and number eight on the current women’s pound-for-pound list, it’s no surprise Namajunas earns more.

According to reports, the American has a net worth of $2 million. Her UFC payouts sit at around $100,000 per fight. She will expect to pick up a similar check on Saturday night.

UFC Payouts: What the Rest of the Card Can Expect

It’s not just the Ribas vs Namajunas UFC fighter pay that we’ve got out eyes on this weekend. co-main event sees Justin Tafa step in for brother Junior Tafa against Karl Williams, after they swapped places for UFC 298 last month when Justin had to pull out of his fight late on.

Whether he wins or loses, Edmen Shahbazyan tends to have quite the finish to his MMA fights. In fact in 16 fights to date he's only heard what the judges thought about the bouts on two occasions. Every other fight has been finished by TKO, KO or submission. He or A.J Dobson may expect UFC bonuses based on those stats.

Here’s what the rest of the UFC of ESPN 53 payouts look like for the card:

Rose Namajunas: $100,000

Amanda Ribas: $48,000

Justin Tafa: $50,000

Karl Williams: $24,000

Edmen Shahbazyan: $32,000

A.J Dobson: $28,000

Payton Talbott: $12,000

Cameron Saaiman: $12,000

Billy Quarantillo: $24,000

Youssef Zalal: $24,000

Fernando Padilla: $4,000

Luis Pajuelo: $4,000

There’s no guarantee on how much each of the UFC payouts will be this weekend and our UFC on ESPN 53 prize money information is just estimations based on previous pay for the fighters and other events.

Ryan Sidle is a sports journalist with nearly a decade in the industry. He's been interested in boxing since Mike Tyson vs Frank Bruno and his MMA fandom was sparked by Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva.