UFC 293 Payouts: Adesanya Set to Make a Million



UFC 293 Payouts: Adesanya Set to Make a Million

Interested in the UFC 293 payouts? So are we. So, let's talk about it. UFC fighter pay is one of the most talked-about topics surrounding the UFC but outside of fighting. There are definitely examples of bad paydays for UFC fighters, but that's not the case with the main event fighters at UFC 293.

Here, we'll talk about the main card fighters for UFC 293 and what their wallets should be looking like after those checks hit. This will just be coverage of base pay per sources; the numbers are subject to change with PPV shares, post-fight bonuses and any of the many other variables that come into play.

UFC 293 Payouts: Adesanya and Strickland are Getting Paid Big Time

UFC 293 payouts

(L-R) Nassourdine Imavov battles Sean Strickland in their 5-round bout at UFC Apex for UFC Fight Night – Vegas 67 – Strickland vs Imavov – Event on January 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/ABACAPRESS.COM – Photo by Icon sport

Again, these fighters are more than likely making more than what our sources are estimating as the base pay, but this is a great place to start. Sean Strickland is set to make half of a million dollars for this, his first shot at UFC gold. It's hard not to be happy with that. Sean has been in the UFC since 2014 — love him or hate him, he deserves every bit of his UFC 293 payout.

The champion is making a million dollars, and that's as his base pay. Adesanya is cashing in and it's very well deserved. Izzy is the middleweight GOAT and he's continuing to diminish any argument against that sentiment. Of course, with all that the champ has going for him, he's aiming to make a bit more than that when all is settled. UFC fighter pay can be a bit harsh, but not for Adesanya.

UFC Fighter Pay for The Rest of the UFC 293 Card

UFC 293 fighter pay

Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Tai Tuivasa (red gloves) before fighting Serghei Spivac during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA ..Photo by Icon Sport

The UFC 293 payouts for the rest of the main card aren't too shabby. We've got a lot of big names and a lot of great matchups. Fueled by a lot of Australian talent, this event is sure to blow the roof off of the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Here is the UFC fighter pay, at a base level, for theUFC 293 main card fighters.

  • Israel Adesanya – $1,042,000
  • Sean Strickland – $532,000
  • Tai Tuivasa – $261,000
  • Alexander Volkov – $311,000
  • Manel Kape – $46,000
  • Felipe dos Santos – $16,000
  • Justin Tafa – $44,000
  • Austen Lane – $16,000
  • Tyson Pedro – $66,000
  • Anton Turkalj – $16,000

As we can see, there are some pretty big paydays on this main card. The lower payouts are on tied to Felipe dos Santos, who is making his UFC debut on short notice, and Anton Turkalj, who has yet to get his hand raised in the UFC despite being in some very fun and entertaining fights.

The upper portion of the UFC 293 main card is stacked with not only big names, but names that'll put people in seats while the UFC goes down under. Additionally, Strickland, Tuivasa and Adesanya are must-see television, be it in the cage or during media events. Of course they deserve big payouts.

Alexander Volkov is quite the fighter and, though he wasn't shown much attention at the press conference, he's a threat to the homecoming of ‘Bam Bam'.

Adesanya vs Strickland – How do They Match up?

Adesanya vs Strickland Prediction

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This should a a strikers' delight of a fight. Adesanya is obviously one of the best kickboxers in the UFC right now. A bit more unorthodox is Strickland, but his pressure, cardio and hands have been too much for most fighters that have stepped before him.

Now, per the UFC 293 payouts, both Sean and Izzy are winners here. Both are leaving with a heavier wallet, but who's leaving with the heavier belt? It seems that, at least on paper, the champion is better in the striking department. Will this bout be a striking-only fight? Who's to tell, but if I had to take a guess, I'd say this fight would mostly take place on the feet.

Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov

UFC 293: Tuivasa vs Volkov

Mar 11, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Alexander Volkov (red gloves) fights Alexander Romanov (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Virgin Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon sport

Do you like boring fights? If so, then look away for our UFC 293 co-main event. Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov will do battle in Sydney in what is sure to be one of the most exciting fights that 2023 could offer. Two well-rounded strikers going at it is always fun, but when you look at how durable they both are while also being prolific finishers, then that makes this fight so exciting.

Erik is a long-time MMA fan and writer. Ever since catching some Chael Sonnen trash talk on a commercial, he's been hooked on the sport. Erik spent a lot of time writing while attending college at Wichita State University. Now, he spends his time covering the sport of MMA, training in BJJ here and there, and occasionally hitting skateparks!