UFC 302 Payouts: Makhachev is Getting Closer to Nurmagomedov



Several fighters are about to make enough money from the UFC 302 payouts to retire comfortably. But this was expected from the moment the promotion revealed the top fights on this card.

UFC Fighter Pay: What Will Makhachev vs Poirier Be Paid at UFC 302?

This week's numbered event will feature several of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts. The total UFC 302 payouts are expected to surpass 10 million dollars. Moreover, this does not include the PPV shares that the four highest-ranked fighters will earn as a bonus.

As anticipated, Islam Makhachev will earn the most significant amount of money. Ever since he won the UFC lightweight belt, he has been making more money per fight and is finally getting closer to the millions that his close friend Khabib was making a few years back.

Makhachev faced Alexander Volkanovski in his last two fights and won a total of $2,600,000 as guaranteed purses – $1 mil for the first fight and $1.6 mil for the second. Combined with all the bonuses, he made more than $4 million.

This week will be even more profitable for him, regardless if he wins or loses. His rumored guaranteed purse will be between $1-1.5 million and he is also entitled to a huge cut from the PPV. We expect him to earn at least $3 million after all the bonuses get accumulated.

In return, Dustin Poirier will also go home with one of his biggest paydays. Based on the early reports, he will earn at least $800,000 as a guaranteed purse which is close to his salaries for the Conor McGregor fights.

Together with his share of the PPV and all other bonuses, his part of the UFC 302 payouts could reach $2 million.

UFC 302 Payouts: What the Rest of the Card Can Expect

The main event might not even be the best fight on this card. Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa are the types to produce an absolute banger and steal the spotlight. More importantly, it seems their purses will be similar in this case.

Both fighters will earn at least $500,000 as a guaranteed purse and they are also entitled to a percentage of the PPV.

The rest of the main card is filled with big earners even though the majority are not ranked high ahead of this event. Kevin Holland will potentially make between $150,000 and $200,000.

The rumored purses of Nico Price and Michal Oleksiejczuk are the same – $150,000, while Alex Morono, Jake Matthews, and Randy Brown will potentially earn $110,000 each.

All in all, this will be one of the most expensive UFC events this year. If the UFC 302 payouts are this massive, we can expect all fighters to outdo themselves. Which fighters are going to have their hand raised on Saturday?

Vlad is a former amateur MMA fighter. After a series of injuries, he found a different way to connect with the sport and its fanbase - through writing. He's been covering everything-UFC for over 5 years on various platforms and has been part of the team at NYFights since early 2022.