UFC 268: Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler fight purse, payouts, salaries: How Much Will The Fighters Make?

Former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Gaethje will face former Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler in a lightweight event at UFC 268. The clash will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City this Saturday.

In the main event Kamaru Usman will fight Colby Covington for the Welterweight title. The Gaethje vs Chandler fight is a part of the main card, where both fighters are coming off a respective title loss.

In his last fight in October 2020 at UFC 254, Justin Gaethje lost the title bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, Gaethje has not appeared in any fights after that. So, the upcoming fight against Chandler will be an important fight before he gets another title shot. He will start the bout with a 22-3 record.

Meanwhile, Chandler squared off in the octagon in May 2021 at UFC 262 against Charles Oliveira. He just signed a contract with the UFC last year and tomorrow will be his third bout at UFC. Chandler will begin the bout with a 22-6 MMA record.

Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler purse

Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Credits: Getty Images)

UFC usually doesn’t reveal the original payout for the players. But, for the big fights like UFC 268 salaries usually remain public most of the time. However, that cannot be sure until the finish of the event as PPV shares are included with that. Hence, we have gathered the info from different authentic news sources to find out the purse between the Gaethje vs Michael Chandler fight.

Since it is not a title fight, both fighters will not earn a hefty amount of purse. Gaethje’s salary for the non-title event is around $100K-$150K. From different news sources it is confirmed that Gaethje will earn $130K at UFC 268. Same goes for Michael Chandler too, he is expected to earn around $250,000.

However, these payouts don’t include any deduction for some classified items such as licenses, insurance and taxes. In addition to that, PPV cuts are also not calculated here. Further, the sponsor and other incentive payments will be added later after the event is finished. Hence, the fighters will earn more which we will update upon the disclosure form UFC.

Note: This post was pieced together from various news sources and authors, which is assumed to be reliable. As soon as the final payout is disclosed, we will update the data.


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