UFC Vegas 74 Fighter Pay: Kai Kara-France Gets Over $100k Salary with Main Event Spot

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The UFC is back after a week’s hiatus to the Apex for a fight night, UFC Vegas 74, headlined by two men’s flyweight contenders in No. 3 Kai Kara-France and No. 7 Amir Albazi. Kara-France is looking to rebound after her interim title loss to Brandon Moreno meanwhile Albazi is looking to claim a spot in the top-5 in the flyweight rankings.

We also have a barn burner in the co-main event between two featherweight contenders No. 15 Alex Caceres and Daniel Pineda. You can expect a ton of fireworks in that fight and for the majority of the fights on this fight night card. With that said, these fighters can expect some hefty paydays this weekend so let’s check out what the expected fighter pay, salaries, and payouts will be.

Flyweights headline for the first time in years

Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi will be the first flyweights to headline an event for the first time in 3 years when Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno fought to a draw in their first matchup. By headlining an event fighters will receive a significant bump in pay from that of a normal spot on a fight night card.

Kara-France and Albazi will be putting on for the flyweight division to show Dana White and the UFC that flyweights can headline events and put on a great show for the fans.

UFC Vegas 74 Fighter Pay, Salaries, and Payouts

The UFC normally doesn’t disclose fighter pay for obvious reasons (contract negotiations) but some previously disclosed figures 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 weekend’s upcoming UFC PPV event in Las Vegas, NV.

In total, the UFC is projected to pay out over $1.5 Million in salaries, incentives, and bonuses at UFC Vegas 74. Headlining the main event, Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi are expected to earn the most guaranteed salaries of their careers. Both fighters will earn over close to $100,000+ with Kara-France expected to be the highest-paid fighter of the two with an estimated $111,000 in potential payouts.

Andrei Arlovski is expected to be the highest-paid fighter at UFC Vegas 74. With 55 fights on his resume, the veteran fighter is set to earn a guaranteed payout of $271,000 this weekend. Arlovski is set to fight Don’Tale “King Kong” Mayes on the prelim card.

Another veteran fighter, Jim Miller (35-17-0) will be among the highest-paid UFC fighters with a $221,000 payday who holds the record with the most wins in the UFC with 24. Jared Gordon ($111,000), Kara-France ($111,000), and Elizeu Zaleski ($83,000) round out the top-five highest-paid fighters at UFC APEX this weekend.

Top-5 Highest Paid Fighters at UFC Vegas 74:

  • Andrei Arlovski – $271,000
  • Jim Miller – $221,000
  • Jared Gordon – $111,000
  • Kai Kara-France – $111,000
  • Elizeu Zaleski – $83,000

Check out the projected UFC Vegas 74 payouts for each fighter below:

Fighter Base Pay Incentive Pay Guaranteed Salary
Kai Kara-France $100,000 $11,000 $111,000
Amir Albazi $75,000 $4,500 $79,500
Alex Caceres $60,000 $21,000 $81,000
Daniel Pineda $45,000 $6,000 $51,000
Jim Miller $200,000 $21,000 $221,000
Jared Gordon $100,000 $11,000 $111,000
Tim Elliott $45,000 $11,000 $56,000
Victor Altamirano $30,000 $4,500 $34,500
Karine Silva $12,000 $4,000 $16,000
Ketlen Souza $12,000 $4,000 $16,000
Jamie Mullarkey $30,000 $6,000 $36,000
Muhammadjon Naimov $15,000 $4,000 $19,000
Elizeu Zaleski $72,000 $11,000 $83,000
Abubakar Nurmagomedov $30,000 $4,500 $34,500
John Castaneda $30,000 $4,500 $34,500
Muin Gafurov $15,000 $4,000 $19,000
Andrei Arlovksi $250,000 $21,000 $271,000
Don’Tale Mayes $22,000 $6,000 $28,000
Daniel Santos $15,000 $4,000 $19,000
Johnny Munoz Jr. $30,000 $4,500 $34,500
Jinh Yu Frey $40,000 $6,000 $46,000
Elise Reed $40,000 $4,500 $44,500
Luan Lacerda $15,000 $4,000 $19,000
Da’Mon Blackshear $15,000 $4,000 $19,000
Maxim Grishin $44,000 $4,500 $49,500
Philipe Lins $26,000 $4,500 $30,500

UFC Vegas 74 Staff Salaries

The fighters aren’t the only ones taking home a big payday at UFC Vegas 74 this week. UFC ring girls will earn up to $5,000 while referees can earn up to $2,500 per event.

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

  • 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 Vegas 74 Promotional Guidelines Compliance Pay

The UFC will pay out $114,000 worth of incentive pay to their fighters this weekend at UFC Vegas 74.

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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