Headlining UFC 263 last weekend in Glendale, Arizona, middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori topped the list for the highest earners from the pay-per-view event — netting a disclosed salary of $500,000 and $350,000, respectively.
Per the Arizona Department of Gaming, which oversees the state’s athletic commission, Adesanya and Vettori earned the highest payment from the pay-per-view event — as they disclosed partial payment. Taking main event status, City Kickboxing ace, Adesanya managed to score his second career victory over Vettori in the form of a shutout unanimous decision win.
In the night’s co-headliner, challenger, Brandon Moreno clinched the undisputed flyweight championship with a third round rear-naked choke over titleholder, Deiveson Figueiredo in a rematch of their December Fight of the Year candidate last year. For his efforts, the newly-minted champion netted a disclosed $200,000 — while defeated champion, Figueiredo scored $210,000.
Prior to the doubleheader of title fights, the promotion fielded their first-ever five round, non-title, non-main event bout in their history, as the #3 ranked, welterweight challenger, Leon Edwards managed to take home a unanimous decision victory over the returning fan favourite, Nate Diaz. In his disclosed payment, Edwards reportedly took home a purse of $220,000 — while Diaz netted $250,000. (H/T MMA Fighting)
The entire payment from the event, top-to-bottom can be found below.
Israel Adesanya ($500,000) – Marvin Vettori ($350,000)
Brandon Moreno ($200,000) – Deiveson Figueriedo ($210,000)
Leon Edwards ($220,000) – Nate Diaz ($250,000)
Belal Muhammad ($160,000) – Demian Maia ($175,000)
Paul Craig ($110,000) – Jamahal Hill ($28,000)
Brad Riddell ($80,000) – Drew Dober ($87,000)
Eryk Anders ($150,000) – Darren Stewart ($45,000)
Lauren Murphy ($140,000) – Joanne Calderwood ($51,000)
Movsar Evloev ($72,000) – Hakeem Dawodu ($55,000)
Pannie Kianzad ($56,000) – Alexis Davis ($43,000)
Terrence McKinney ($24,000) – Matt Frevola ($23,000)
Steven Peterson ($46,000) – Chase Hooper ($37,000)
Fares Ziam ($28,000) – Luigi Vendramini ($15,000)
Carlos Felipe ($50,000) – Jake Collier ($28,000)