As we approach UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Allen, let's dig into some pockets and see the UFC payouts for the fighters putting it on the line this weekend!
UFC fight pay has been a hot topic for awhile now; some are happy, some are steamed. Let's delve into how the UFC on ESPN 44 prize money looking. This event is headlined by former featherweight king, Max Holloway, as he takes on a surging Arnold Allen. Holloway is thought of as one of the best featherweight champions to ever live. From beating legends to derailing hype trains, Max has done it all.
Opposite him is Arnold Allen, who has been criminally underrated for most of his time within the UFC. In the promotion, he's 10-0 and he's riding a twelve-fight winning streak. There's a lot going on at featherweight right now, and there's so many contenders. For the fans, it's a good problem to have. But, for the fighters, they need to really show up and show out as to keep their name in the title picture.
Obviously, Holloway has championship tenure and it goes without saying that he'll get a pretty big bag for payday. Moreover, the entire card is star-studded! Let's get into the numbers and see who's going to get a fancy dinner after the fight checks hit.
UFC fighter pay for Holloway vs Allen
As I mentioned earlier, Holloway has experience as a champion, so that in and of itself boosts his base pay to a pretty significant number. And, by significant, I mean a half-million base pay. It's reported that for Holloway's last bout, which was his third fight against champion Alexander Volkanovski, the Hawaiian pocketed $500,000 as his base pay and an additional $32,000 from sponsorships.
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So, should Holloway get the job done this weekend, we should see the former champ leaving with something north of a million dollars for this weekend's time on the clock. Arnold Allen is certainly chasing the win and the financial bonus that comes along with victory. His last bout was against Calvin Kattar; the Brit had a great first round, but things ended rather anticlimactically as Calvin suffered a knee injury in the fight.
Regardless of how he won, the payout reflected a great performance. Arnold reportedly made around $260,000 for this win. That's his $150,00 base salary, $100,000 win bonus, and sponsorship money. Should he give Holloway his first non-title loss since 2013, Allen will walk away with a similar paycheck.
The rest of the card: UFC on ESPN 44 prize money
The co-main event is Edson Barboza vs Billy Quarantillo(thank you, UFC); Barboza has been fighting for the UFC since I was born it feels like. Really, though, he's been with the promotion since 2010, which is super impressive. Per his last fight, it seems that the Brazilian's base pay is $100,000 dollars. It is worth noting that Barboza is a prolific post-fight bonus winner, so we could see him taking home more than this. We'll keep you posted on that front, though!
Billy Quarantillo has yet to really find that big payday that every fighter looks for. However, he shows up, shows out, and has won five of his seven bouts in the UFC. Billy's last UFC payout saw him earning $48,000 to show up and $48,000 to win, which he did. He'll probably looking at another payday like this, should he grab the dub this weekend.
After doing some research, this is the base pay that I've found for the main card fighters. This is all an estimation based off of recent UFC payouts(sponsors and post-fight bonuses excluded), but it should be enough to give a general idea of the UFC on ESPN 44 prize money!
- Max Holloway – guaranteed $500,000
- Arnold Allen – guaranteed $150,000
- Edson Barboza – guaranteed $100,000
- Billy Quarantillo – guaranteed $48,000
- Dustin Jacoby – guaranteed $44,000
- Azamat Murzakanov – guaranteed $24,000
- Tanner Boser – $40,000
- Ion Cutelaba – guaranteed $200,000
- Pedro Munhoz – guaranteed $100,000
- Chris Gutierrez – guaranteed $75,000
- Clay Guida – guaranteed $70,000
- Rafa Garcia – guaranteed $30,000
That's what I've found for this weekend's UFC payouts. Wins and post-fight bonuses will change the numbers, along with sponsorship money. We'll be here to give you all of the updates from this event!