UFC Vegas 80 Fighter Pay & Salaries: Grant Dawson To Earn Over $250k In Payout For Main Event Fight

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The UFC returns from a week-long hiatus to a stacked UFC Vegas 80 event that is live at the UFC Apex. We have a lightweight main event fight between two surging contenders in the division Grant Dawson and Bobby Green. Dawson has been streaking winning 11 of his last 12 fights with one of those being a draw as he comes into his first UFC main event fight of his career. Meanwhile, this is Green’s second main event fight and is coming off of a beatdown of Tony Ferguson where he submitted him in the third round. A win from either fighter will propel them into the top-15 rankings as they move closer to a potential title shot in the future.

In the co-main event, we have a middleweight scrap between surging prospect Joe Pyfer and UFC veteran Abdual Razak Alhassan which should be an absolute banger of a fight. Pyfer is the winner of four straight fights with two of those coming in the UFC as he continues his torrid run against his stiffest competition to date this weekend Abdul Razak Alhassan knocked out Claudio Ribeiro in his last fight and has won two of his last three fights since moving up to middleweight. Both Pyfer and Alhassan are looking for that signature win to catapult them up the rankings in the UFC middleweight division.

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.

Grant Dawson is set to earn his biggest payday yet

Grant Dawson is set to take on Bobby Green in his first-ever main-event fight for the UFC. He is currently riding an 11-fight win streak as he looks to make it 12 in a row against his toughest competitor to date Bobby Green. Green, however, is in his best form as he obliterated former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in his last fight. Each one of these fighters will be making hefty paydays in this weekend’s main event and a win over one another should put them right into the top 15 as they attempt to climb the lightweight rankings.

UFC Vegas 80 Fighter Pay, Salaries, and Payouts

Using previously disclosed figures, we’ve crunched the numbers to foresee the potential payouts for the fighters on this weekend’s upcoming UFC Vegas 80 event in Las Vegas, NV

In total, the UFC is projected to pay out over $1.4 Million in salaries, incentives, and bonuses at UFC Vegas 80.

Headlining the main event, are Grant Dawson and Bobby Green Gamrot. Dawson and Green are expected to be the highest-paid fighters on the fight card.

Dawson and Green are expected to be the highest-paid fighters at UFC Vegas 80. The UFC lightweight contenders are set to earn a guaranteed payout of $256,000 this weekend.

Alex Morono ($106,000), Drew Dober ($106,000), and Ion Cutelaba ($101,000) round out the top-five highest-paid fighters at UFC Vegas 80 this weekend.

Top-5 Highest Paid Fighters at UFC Noche:

  • Grant Dawson – $256,000
  • Bobby Green – $256,000
  • Alex Morono – $106,000
  • Drew Dober- $106,000
  • Ion Cutelaba – $101,000

Check out the projected UFC Vegas 80 payouts for each fighter below:

Fighter Base Pay Incentive Pay Guaranteed Salary
Grant Dawson $250,000 $6,000 $256,000
Bobby Green $250,000 $6,000 $256,000
Joe Pyfer $28,000 $4,500 $32,500
Abdul Razak Alhassan $44,000 $11,000 $55,000
Alex Morono $90,000 $16,000 $106,000
Joaquin Buckley $80,000 $11,000 $91,000
Drew Dober $85,000 $21,000 $106,000
Ricky Glenn $50,000 $6,000 $56,000
Phillipe Lins $36,000 $6,000 $42,000
Ion Cutelaba $85,000 $16,000 $101,000
Bill Algeo $44,000 $6,000 $50,000
Alexander Hernandez $85,000 $11,000 $96,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz $60,000 $16,000 $66,000
Diana Belbita $30,000 $6,000 $36,000
Chris Gutierrez $75,000 $11,000 $86,000
Montel Jackson $75,000 $6,000 $81,000
Johnny Munoz Jr. $24,000 $6,000 $30,000
Aoriqileng $24,000 $6,000 $30,000
Kanako Murata $12,000 $4,000 $16,000
Vanessa Demopoulos $28,000 $6,000 $34,000
Nate Maness $28,000 $6,000 $34,000
Mateus Mendonca $12,000 $4,000 $16,000
Montana De La Rosa $22,000 $11,000 $33,000
JJ Aldrich $40,000 $11,000 $51,000

UFC Vegas 80 Promotional Guidelines Compliance Pay

The UFC will pay out $207,500 worth of incentive pay to their fighters this weekend at UFC Vegas 80.

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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