UFC 281: Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chandler Purse, Payouts, Salaries: How much will the fighters make?

Dustin Poirier is an American MMA fighter who currently competes in the UFC’s lightweight division, where he held the interim UFC Lightweight title. Diamond fought 36 times in his professional MMA career, winning 28 times and losing seven. In his last appearance, Porier fought for the UFC lightweight title but lost against Charles Oliveira. Poirier is known for his aggression and attitude in the octagon.

Now, Dustin Poirier is set to feature in UFC 281 against the former lightweight title challenger, Michael Chandler, on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. After the Oliveira fight, this is the first time in 2022 that he will be competing in the Octagon.

The three-time Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler, made his UFC debut in September 2020. After that, he entered the octagon four times and secured victories twice. Iron is famous for action and punching power, and in March 2022, he knocked out Tony Ferguson in his last bout.

As the winner will be the potential UFC lightweight title challenger, this will indeed be a great treat for combat sports fans. Let us take a look at the fight between these two lightweight contenders.

Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chandler purse, payouts, salaries

Even though the UFC keeps the salaries of its athlete’s secret, we can still get a good idea of how much each fighter makes by looking at their previous fights, our UFC insider data, and information from many news outlets, authors, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler’s fight purse, payouts, and salaries. 

How much will Dustin Poirier make at UFC 281?

Poirier’s bout on UFC 125 against Josh Grispi earned him a small purse of $18,000 on January 1, 2011. But as “Diamond” rose through the ranks of the lightweight division, his fight purse got bigger. Namely, his first fight with Conor McGregor earned him a total of $84,000 at UFC 178. 

Since becoming the interim champion, Porier has bagged around $1 million in fight purses. His first fight for the UFC Lightweight Championship against Khabib Nurmagomedov earned him a huge payday—though he lost, the bout earned him whopping $1,077,500 at UFC 242.

Dustin Poirier will reportedly earn a guaranteed purse of $750,000. Along with sponsorship deals, Poirier will be grabbing a lofty total $980,000.

How much will Michael Chandler make at UFC 281?

At the beginning of his UFC career, Michael Chandler made a meager purse of $303,500 for a TKO victory against Dan Hooker at UFC 257. The American saw a rise in pay as he started fighting big names. His fight against Tony Ferguson at UFC 274 earned him a hefty purse of $1,074,500.

For the upcoming bout against Porier at UFC 281, Michael Chandler is set to bag a lofty guaranteed purse of $450,000. With the sponsorship deals, Chandler will grab a whopping $370,000 for the fight.

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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