UFC 254 will be headlined by the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. Both fighters are in line to receive huge purses. The exact figures are not yet known and they are due to be confirmed after the UFC event on Fight Island.
However, some reports suggest Nurmagomedov will make £7.6m ($10m) from the bout with Gaethje.
And former star Daniel Cormier says earning such figure has been a longterm goal of the Russian’s.
“You know what [Khabib] told me one time, years ago, ‘Brother, I’m going to be world champion, and I’m going to fight for $10million every fight’,” Cormier told ESPN.
“I promise you. Years ago, and we all go, ‘No chance’. Because nobody was making $10million at the time.
“And I’m sure right now Khabib is fighting as the world champion at 28-0 for $10 million, straight.
“He sure doesn’t need the money, but he told me that, because he said it was going to change.
“He was going to be so big that things would change. And now, it has happened. He has done all the stuff he said he would do.”
Also on the card at UFC 254 is the clash between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier.
While fans wait for the purses to be confirmed, Express Sport takes a look at some the previous salaries of the fighters.
Khabib Nurmagomedov last three purses
UFC 242: Gaethje vs Dustin Poirier – $6,000,000
UFC 229: Gaethje vs Conor McGregor – $2,000,000
UFC 223: Gaethje vs Al Iaquinta – $500,000
Justin Gaethje last three purses
UFC 249: Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson – $350,000
UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs Donald Cerrone – $130,000
UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs Edson Barboza – $120,000
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Robert Whittaker last three purses
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Darren Till – $200,000
UFC 243: Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya – $400,000
UFC 225: Whittaker vs Yoel Romero – $400,000
Jared Cannonier last three purses
UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs Jac Hermansson – $70,000
UFC 237: Cannonier vs Anderson Silva – $54,000
UFC 230: Cannonier vs David Branch – $52,000
Alexander Volkov last three purses
UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Curtis Blaydes – $80,000
UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Greg Hardy – $75,000
UFC 229: Volkov vs Derrick Lewis – $75,000
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