UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Payouts, Purses, and Salary- How Much Will the Fighters Make?

Afnan Chougle
|Published 09/11/2022

The UFC is back with another action-packed pay-per-view of the year UFC 281, which will take place on 13th November inside the Madison Square Garden in New York. One of the biggest stars in the promotion, Israel Adesanya, will headline this pay-per-view. ‘The Last Stylebender’ in his sixth UFC title defense will take on his rival from Glory Kickboxing days, Alex Pereira. 

In the co-main event, strawweight champion Carla Esparza will defend her title for the first time against former champion Weili Zhang. Besides these two title fights, one more fight is a highlight of the event. That is the lightweight battle between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler on the main card.

Ahead of this event, let’s take a look at how much money each fighter is expected to earn.

UFC 281: Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira Payouts, Purses, and Salary

Before we dive into the salaries of the fighters, it is vital to note that the UFC hasn’t officially announced the purses of the UFC 281 fighters. However, their previous fight salaries can give us an estimation.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ is amongst the highest-paid UFC fighters. The middleweight champion also earns a big chunk from the pay-per-view buys. According to Sports Zion, Adesanya bagged a whopping $1.8 million after his victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

On the other hand, Pereira is currently a surging star. He has competed in three UFC fights and won them all. In his last victory over Sean Strickland, the Brazilian mixed martial artist earned over $188,000, per Sports Zion.

Below are the estimated salaries of the UFC 281 fighters:

FightersBase PursePPV PointsTotal Expected
Israel Adesanya$600,000$400,000$1000,000
Alex Pereira$300,000$200,000$500,000
Dustin Poirier$300,000$100,000$400,000
Michael Chandler$200,000$100,000$300,000

‘Poatan’ has a mental edge going into the fight against Adesanya

‘Poatan’ has already defeated ‘The Last Stylebender’ twice in their kickboxing career. He has also finished two opponents in stunning fashion in the UFC. Thus, many people believe Pereira could outperform the champion.

Hence, Adesanya has a lot of pressure going into the bout. However, ‘The Last Stylebender’ is undefeated in the promotion. He has won over many top contenders on the roster. Thus, nothing can be said until they enter the cage.

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Who is your pick in this fight? What are your thoughts about the event?


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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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