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Beyond the Belt: Unveiling the Staggering Payouts at UFC 300

A Lucrative Payday in the Octagon

‘Blessed’ Takes Home $600,000 In Bonuses Alone!

Although Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill were the main attractions at UFC 300, the bout between Max Holloway and Justin Gaethje stole the spotlight and earned Holloway a staggering amount of money in bonuses.

UFC president Dana White announced a threefold increase in bout bonuses from $50,000 to $300,000 in honor of UFC 300, which took place on April 13 in Nevada and featured an all-star roster.

Beyond the Belt: Unveiling the Staggering Payouts at UFC 300
Alex Pereira of Brazil reacts to defeating Jamahal Hill | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

The ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ (BMF) was a symbolic championship that was up for grabs in a bout between Holloway, a former UFC featherweight champion, and Gaethje, a former UFC interim lightweight champion. Defying most bettors’ best UFC bets tonight, ‘Blessed’ shocked the world and dominated from start to finish, which ended with one of the greatest finale TKO stoppages of all time.


Holloway earned an incredible $600,000 in bonuses from the event alone, as UFC also granted him the ‘Fight of the Night‘ honors alongside a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus for his epic showdown that defied the UFC odds tonight.

Said bonus, however, is just touching the surface of what ‘Blessed’ earned. Reports believe Holloway will receive a base pay of $500,00, and of course, fighters who are successful on the night also receive another lump sum for winning. Some more numbers can be added to the total via Guidelines Compliance Pay for promotional duties, etc.

Estimates believe Max Holloway could’ve made nearly $3 million, and Justin Gaethje is expected to walk away with a tidy $2,369,000, even though he lost.

Alex Pereira: The Highest-Paid UFC 300 Competitor

No matter the result of the main event bout at UFC 300, which saw Pereira defending his light heavyweight championship against Jamahal Hill, the 36-year-old would have been handsomely compensated for his efforts.

Show money for “Poatan” is said to be $1.2 million, with an extra $1.6 million coming from pay-per-view. Not including winning money and compliance pay, Pereira is projected to earn more than $2.85 million.

Despite failing to collect a $300,000 bonus, Pereira is projected to be the biggest earner from UFC 300, as he should walk out of Las Vegas with at least $3 million in the bank.

An estimated $500,000 was JamahalHill’s basic challenger pay after losing to the light heavyweight champion. For her defense of her strawweight title against Yan Xiaonan, Zhang Weili is expected to earn about $2 million, sitting with the other top earners. Charles Oliveira, a former UFC lightweight champion, will pocket $779,000 in show money, while promotional debutant Kayla Harrison is estimated to earn the most money among the preliminary competitors, with a possible purse of $312,000—$38,000 more than Holly Holm, her opponent.

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