UFC 280: Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev Purse, Payouts, Salaries: How Much Will the Fighters Make?

On October 23, the world will find out who will be the UFC lightweight champion, it could be the former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, or it could be a breakthrough for Russian MMA fighter Islam Makhachev, who claimed that he would be the first champion among all of Khabib’s students.

Charles Oliveira has been a consistent performer in MMA since his professional debut in 2008 at Predador FC 9: Welterweight Grand Prix; the Brazilian has 33 wins out of 42 MMA appearances and is currently on an 11-match winning streak. Do Bronx has a specialization in rear-naked chokes by which he secured his last two victories. In his last bout, UFC 274, Oliveira failed in the weight test, which resulted in the vacancy of the UFC lightweight title. But now De Bronx is fully prepared to reclaim his title by deafeating Islam Makhachev.

Islam Makhachev, The second Dagstani after Khabib Nurmagomedov, is the UFC lightweight title contender who has lost only one bout in his professional MMA career back in 2015 against Adriano Martins and is currently in the 10 fight winning streak. Makhachev appeared in 23 bouts and sealed the victory for stellar 22 times; in his last bout this Russian fighter had secured the victory by a Technical Knockout against Bobby Green.

Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev purse, payouts, salaries

Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev

Although the UFC maintains tight privacy on athlete salaries, we can still estimate each fighter’s earnings based on their prior matches, our UFC insider data, numerous news outlets, authors, and Nevada State Athletic Commission data. Without further ado, let’s deep dive into the fight purse, payouts of Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev.

How much will Charles Oliveira make at UFC 280?

Charles Oliveira’s UFC debut against Darren Elkins earned him a small purse of $62,000. Do Bronx then rose through the ranks of the lightweight division, and his fight purse started to get bigger. Namely, his fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 earned him a total of $250,000.

In the UFC championship winning bout against Michael Chandler at UFC 262, Oliveira was blessed with $557,000. After becoming the champion, the Brazilian saw a huge rise in his paycheck. Oliveira started bagging more than $1M dollars for every fight.

In the last fight against Justin Gaethje, the then champion made a hefty total of $1,732,000, but the UFC fined him 20% of the fee as he failed in the weight test. For the upcoming bout, Charles Oliveira is set to pocket a whopping $1.4 million guaranteed purse, If the Brazilian could win the title he will be bagging a hefty purse of $1.9M.

How much will Islam Makhachev make at UFC 280?

Islam Makhachev began his UFC career with a small $10,000 purse against Leo Kuntz at UFC 187. His value went up as he got better in the octagon, and both of his most recent wins—a submission (kimura) triumph against Dan Hooker that earned $131,000 and a dominant TKO victory over Bobby Green worth $165,000—brought in huge paydays.

According to sources, Islam will earn significantly more than in his last bout as the title is on the line. Islam Makhachev will reportedly receive a purse of $400,000, including base salary, win bonus, performance bonus, and sponsorship, along with a 22% share of pay-per-view (PPV) revenues.

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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