Full UFC 261 salaries revealed as Kamaru Usman bags massive payday for knocking out Jorge Masvidal

Kamaru Usman propelled himself into the pound-for-pound conversation and he made a whopping $1.5 million in the process.

The NIgerian Nightmare knocked out Jorge Masvidal in the main event of a crazy UFC 261 card and bagged an extra $50,000 as a result with the Performance of the Night bonus.

Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal to retain his welterweight title

Masvidal took home $800k from the loss and he made half a million dollars just to be there.

Given that these two drew the seventh highest bought UFC PPV of all-time at UFC 251, there was never a doubt that their pay would be higher for this one.

That raked in 1.3 million buys. UFC 261 did more than 700,000 on ESPN alone and that’s a good domestic number. International numbers have not been figured in yet but one has to think they have a good chance at cracking one million buys.

For context, UFC 259 (Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya) did 800,000 buys worldwide (600,000 domestic) while January’s UFC 257 (Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier) did 1.6 million buys worldwide (1.2 million domestic).

Weidman was carried from the Octagon on stretcher

Interestingly, Chris Weidman would earn $420,000 despite breaking his leg in just 17 seconds of his fight. UFC have taken care of him and Dana White has personally gone to expense to ensure his travel home is comfortable.

Below is a full breakdown of the top earners from UFC 261 courtesy of Sportekz:

Kamaru Usman: $1.5m – ($750,000 to show, $640,000 PPV bonus, $60,000 sponsorship bonus, $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night bonus)

Jorge Masvidal: $800,000 – ($500,000 to show, $260,000 PPV bonus, $40,000 sponsorship bonus)

Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal had an intense rivalry

Valentina Shevchenko: $430,000 – ($300,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $30,000 sponsorship bonus)

Weili Zhang: $380,000 – ($350,000, $30,000 sponsorship bonus)

Chris Weidman: $420,000 – ($400,000 to show, $20,000 sponsorship bonus)

Anthony Smith: $360,000 – ($250,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $10,000 sponsorship bonus)

Uriah Hall: $325,000 – ($220,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)

Rose Namajunas: $310,000 – ($150,000 to show, $100,000 win bonus, $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, $10,000 sponsorship bonus)

The kick that won Rose Namajunas the title

Jimmy Crute: $205,000 – ($200,000 to show, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)

Randy Brown: $125,000 – ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)

Jessica Andrade: $115,000 – ($110,000 to show, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)

Dwight Grant: $115,000 – ($55,000 to show, $55,000 win bonus, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)

Brendan Allen: $101,000 – ($48,000 to show, $48,000 to win, $5,000 sponsorship bonus)