UFC Las Vegas Fighter Pay: Merab Dvalishvili Earns Biggest Payout In His First Main Event


The UFC debuted at a brand new venue The Theater at Virgin Hotels and it delivered in its first event. There was a clash between two of the best bantamweight contenders Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili which catapulted Dvalishvili into title contention with a dominant win.

Dvalishvili utilized his relentless pressure, pace, and wrestling to overwhelm the former bantamweight champion. He also broke the UFC record for the most takedowns attempted with 49 across 25 minutes of action.

The rest of the fight card has exciting fights throughout which had six of 13 fights end inside the distance, five submissions, and one KO/TKO.

Let’s take a look at the payouts and bonuses received for each of the fighters for this fight night.

UFC Las Vegas Fighter Pay, Salaries, And Payouts

The UFC normally doesn’t disclose fighter pay for obvious reasons (contract negotiations) but there are some previously disclosed figures that can help us come to an appropriate estimate.

Using those figures, we’ve crunched the numbers to foresee the potential payouts for the fighters on this past weekend’s fight card at UFC Las Vegas.

According to our estimations, Petr Yan took home the biggest payout at UFC Las Vegas at $361,000.

Merab Dvalishvili and Alexander Volkov also took home over $300,000 each, thanks to earning win bonuses for their performances on the night. Raphael Assuncao, Davey Grant, and Nikita Krylov round out the top-five highest-paid UFC fighters from last weekend’s event.

Check out the UFC Las Vegas payouts for each fighter below:

Fighter Base Pay Win Bonus Incentive Pay Post-Fight Bonus Guaranteed Salary
Petr Yan $350,000 N/A $11,000 N/A $361,000
Merab Dvalishvili $200,000 $100,000 $11,000 N/A $311,000
Alexander Volkov $210,000 $100,000 $11,000 N/A $321,000
Alexandr Romanov $48,000 $N/A $6,000 N/A $54,000
Nikita Krylov $75,000 $75,000 $21,000 N/A $171,000
Ryan Spann $100,000 N/A $11,000 N/A $111,000
Said Nurmagomedov $110,000 N/A $10,000 N/A $120,000
Mario Bautista $75,000 $75,000 $5,000 N/A $155,000
Guido Cannetti $60,000 N/A $5,000 N/A $65,000
Vitor Petrino $12,000 $12,000 $4,000 $50,000 $78,000
Anton Turkalj $12,000 N/A $4,000 $50,000 $66,000
Karl Williams $12,000 $12,000 $4,000 N/A $28,000
Lukasz Brzeski $12,000 N/A $4,000 N/A $16,000
Raphael Assuncao $210,000 N/A $15,000 N/A $225,000
Davey Grant $75,000 $75,000 $5,000 $50,000 $205,000
Sedriques Dumas $12,000 N/A $4,000 N/A $16,000
Josh Fremd $12,000 $12,000 $4,000 N/A $28,000
Victor Henry $12,000 $12,000 $4,000 N/A $28,000
Tony Gravely $38,000 N/A $5,000 N/A $43,000
Ariane Lipski $30,000 $30,000 $5,000 N/A $65,000
JJ Aldrich $48,000 N/A $11,000 N/A $59,000
Tyson Nam $44,000 N/A $11,000 N/A $55,000
Bruno Silva $26,000 $26,000 $4,500 $50,000 $107,000
Carlston Harris $26,000 $26,000 $5,000 $6,000 $63,000
Jared Gooden $20,000 N/A $5,000 -$6,000 Fine $19,000

*Note: All figures are estimates. UFC does not disclose salary unless required by state law.

UFC Las Vegas Staff Salaries

Below is a list of the potential salaries for the UFC staff for this weekend’s upcoming UFC 285.

  • UFC Ring Girl Salary: $1,000 to $5,000 per event
  • UFC Referee Salary: $700 to $2,500 per event
  • UFC Ring Announcers Salaries: $50,000 to $75,000 per event

UFC Las Vegas Promotional Guidelines Compliance Pay

The UFC paid out $181,500 worth of incentive pay to their fighters this past weekend at UFC Las Vegas.

The incentive pay is generated by the UFC’s sportswear sponsor Venum’s deal which is paid out to the fighters via tiers based on their tenure with the company. This tenure includes Zuffa-era WEC fights, from January 2007 on, as well as Zuffa-era Strikeforce fights from April 2011 on.

Fighters with 1-3 professional bouts under the UFC/Zuffa banner will receive $4,000, 4-5 fights pay out $4,500, 6-10 bouts pay out $6,000, 11-15 pay out $11,000, 16-20 pay out $16,000 and 21 fights or more pays out $21,000. Meanwhile, title challengers are paid $32,000 and champions are paid $42,000.

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