The world is set to witness one of the finest combat sports events at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, on February 11, 2023, when homeboy Alexander Volkanovski will square off against the Daghestani fighter Islam Makhachev.
After lifting the lightweight title at UFC 280 against the Brazilian Charles Oliveira, this will be the first title defense bout for Makhachev.
Besides the lightweight title, the UFC pound-for-pound No. 1 ranking will be on the line for this lightweight clash, so this will be a massive opportunity for Volk to become the second man after Conor McGregor in the biggest MMA promotion to hold both the lightweight and featherweight titles.
The Australian never lost a bout in the UFC, amassing a record of twelve straight victories with the organization. In his most recent fight, “The Great” defeated UFC veteran Max Holloway at UFC 276.
On the other hand, being closest to the UFC Hall of Famer and his mentee, Khabib Nurmagomedov, people always showered love on Makhachev, and because of his aggression and submission skill, he is currently considered one of the toughest fighters to face in the octagon.
However, putting aside all the fighting data, now let’s look into the financials of the main event of UFC 284.
Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski purse, payouts, salaries
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 and payouts of Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski.
How much will Alexander Volkanoski make at UFC 284?
At the beginning of his career, Alexander Volkanoski made a meager purse of $22,500 for a TKO victory against Yusuke Kasuya at UFC Fight Night 101.
The Australian saw a rise in pay as he started fighting big names. His second fight against Max Hollway at UFC 251 earned him a hefty purse of $1,173,333.
For the upcoming bout against Makhachev at UFC 284, Volkanoski is set to bag a lofty guaranteed purse of $1.1M. With the sponsorship deals and the PPV share, Alexander Volkanoski will grab a whopping $1.35M for the fight, which will be his biggest payday.
How much will Islam Makhachev make at UFC 284?
Makhachev’s bout on UFC 187 against Leo Kuntz earned him a small purse of $10,000 on May 23, 2015. But as the Russian rose through the ranks of the lightweight division, his fight purse got bigger.
Namely, his fight against Dan Hooker earned him a hefty total of $131,000. At his title-winning bout against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280, Makhachev bagged a whopping $532,000.
For the upcoming clash, Islam Makhachev will reportedly earn a guaranteed purse of $550,000, along with sponsorship deals and PPV revenue. After calculating all the payments, Makhachev is set to bag a lofty total of $775,000.