UFC 268: Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington 2 fight purse, payouts, salaries: How Much Will The Fighters Make?

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman will meet Colby Covington once again at UFC 268 to defend the title. However, the duo met previously at UFC 245 in December 2019. So, this will be a rematch and Covington will certainly be looking for revenge as he lost the first matchup.

Usman earned the Welterweight title at UFC 235 by defeating Tyron Woodley. Since then, Usman has defended the title four times and will square off at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

As of September 27, 2021, Usman ranked #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. Hence, he will have extra confidence in the upcoming title defense.

On the other hand, Covington appeared in one fight against Tyron Woodley since his defeat to Usman, which was a win for him. Although Covington will be entering the ring after one year, he appeared to have full confidence.

While both fighters have impressive jiu-jitsu or wrestling skills which may lead to a kickboxing battle, who do you think will rule the 25 minutes show? Well, this might be difficult to predict accurately, but we can predict the purse and payout before the fight ends.

Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington 2 fight purse

Kamaru Usman v Colby Covington 2
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (L) punches Colby Covington in their welterweight title fight during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Usman retained his title with a fifth-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

According to the UFC’s rules, they don’t reveal the actual purse and payout for a fight. 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 Usman and Covington fight.

Let’s take a look at the first fight between them at UFC 245. According to, Nevada State Athletic Commission, both Usman and Covington earned $500K in the UFC 245. However, this amount doesn’t include the sponsorship payment and fight night bonuses. Considering the facts and sources Usman is expected to earn at least a $500,000 guaranteed purse while Covington is also expected to earn $500,000 at UFC 268. If we consider the PPV shares, Kamaru Usman might get a $1-$1.5 million payout.

Update: The PPV sales is not published. Hence, according to the power of the 268 fight card we assume a total of 650,000 PPV sales. Hence, Kamaru Usman earned $725,000 PPV Share while his updated guaranteed purse is $1 million along with $42,000 extra from sponsorship. So, total payout for Usman is $1,767,000. On the other hand, total payout for Colby Covington is $632,000 which consists $600,000 base payment and $32,000 sponsorship. 

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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