Max Holloway and Israel Adesanya raked in the biggest bucks from UFC 236, with fellow interim title competitors Dustin Poirier and Kelvin Gastelum not far behind.
Max Holloway did not walk away with the interim UFC lightweight title after UFC 236, but not only is he still featherweight champ, he and new interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya topped the event’s salaries list.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Holloway and Adesanya each take home $350,000 for taking part in the featured attractions of UFC 236 on April 13. Adesanya was not eligible for a win bonus.
Dustin Poirier, the man who defeated Holloway to claim the interim UFC 155-pound title, was the next biggest earner at $250,000 with no win bonus. Kelvin Gastelum, who was defeated by Adesanya for the interim 185-pound belt, took in $150,000.
The fighters’ salaries, as reported and released by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, does not include items such as incomes from sponsorships or pay-per-view revenue, as well as discretionary bonuses. For instance, the additional $50,000 all four of the headliners each earned for their Fight of the Night bonuses from UFC President Dana White is not reflected in the salary totals here.
Nikita Krylov, who opened the main ESPN+ pay-per-view card, actually earned more salary-wise than co-main eventer Gastelum thanks to his victory over Ovince Saint Preux. Krylov received an initial $80,000 for show and then was awarded another $80,00 for his win. Saint Preux walked away with $86,000.
Khalil Rountree had $35,000 show money and netted another $35,000 for his win over Eryk Anders, who took home $50,000. Dwight Grant earned $24,000 total — $12,000 for show and $12,000 for a win — in his fight against Alan Jouban, who netted $43,000.
The biggest-earning fighter across the UFC 236 preliminary card was Belal Muhammad, who scored $70,000. He earned $35,000 just for showing up and got another $35,000 for his decision win over Curtis Millender in a bout that closed that the early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 236 took place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who was cageside, for all your live results and highlights throughout the week.