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$45M Earnings of Canelo Alvarez Puts Dana White Under Fans’ Fire After Kamaru Usman Made Less Than a Million at UFC 278

Afnan Chougle

Dana White, the head of the UFC, came under fire from fans once more after it was revealed that Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin’s bout purse was considerably much higher than Kamaru Usman’s last title defense. 

Last night the Mexican professional boxer Canelo Alvarez bounced back into the win column by defeating his old rival Gennady Golovkin in a blockbuster trilogy fight. According to the reports, Alvarez was guaranteed a whopping $45 million for the fight. However, after the win, he will earn even more from the pay-per-view bonus.

$45 million was just to show for the bout. Meanwhile, the former pound-for-pound UFC fighter earned less than two percent of Alvarez’s purse. That is, he made only $5,00,000, per reports. Again, the numbers do not include PPV points and bonuses.

To draw attention to the same, MMA Uncensored’s Instagram page published a post in which they displayed Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez’s earnings.



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Numerous fans criticized UFC president White, who is constantly held at gunpoint for fighters’ salary concerns, after observing the disparity in their earnings. Others, on the other hand, supported him as well.

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Check out the comments from fans below:

Canelo Alvarez on Kamaru Usman’s UFC 278 loss

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ recently lost his UFC welterweight title and his number one spot on the pound-for-pound list against Leon Edwards. Even though Usman won the majority of the rounds, ‘Rocky’ was able to eliminate him in the fifth round by capitalizing on one slip-up.

Usman’s defeat shocked many people. And Alvarez went so far as to express his support for the former UFC champion. “This happens. Come by the sport. So everybody can lose, you never know. I think he was winning. Right? All the fighting, just one single punch, changed everything. But, look, he’s a great fighter,” Alvarez said.

The Nigerian-born UFC fighter has expressed his interest in a boxing match with Alvarez several times. However, the fight never materialized. And now, after this loss, Usman’s focus will be to retain his title and the number on the P4P spot.

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What was your reaction to Usman’s loss? What do you guys think about the difference between Usman and Alvarez’s pay?

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Afnan Chougle

Afnan Chougle


Afnan Chougle is a UFC author and content manager at The SportsRush. Afnan has written over 900 articles about combat sports before joining The SportsRush. He has now worked in the industry for over two years. He uses his expertise and enthusiasm to advance his professional career and offers insightful commentary on anything related to combat sports. Since UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov fan Afnan has faithfully followed MMA. Besides "The Eagle," Muhammad Ali is his favorite athlete. Apart from his professional exploits as a UFC journalist, Afnan enjoys honing his skills as an amateur actor/boxer and loves going on occasional treks.

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