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UFC 263 Salaries: Adesanya ($500K), Vettori ($350K), Diaz ($250K) Top Event Payroll

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was the top earner at UFC 263, as he took home a disclosed payday of $500,000 for title defense in the evening’s main event.

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Zane Simon

UFC 263 salaries: Izzy takes home $500k guaranteed

Nate Diaz answers questions at the UFC 263 post-fight presser. | Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nate Diaz also took home at least $250k, more than flyweight champion Deivison Figueiredo, and double Leon Edwards’ base pay.

In recent years the UFC has worked hard to keep more and more of their event finances under wraps. They’ve convinced state governments to exempt their pay data from public records laws, making what were once commonly reported...

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Steven Marrocco

UFC 263 salaries: Israel Adesanya ($500k) and Marvin Vettori ($350k) top disclosed earners

Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori | Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Middleweight rivals Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori settled their grudge (for now) at UFC 263, and the champ and challenger were the most handsomely paid for it on paper.

Partial salaries released Monday by the Arizona Department of Gaming, which oversees the state’s athletic commission, revealed that titleholder Adesanya ($500,000) and challenger Vettori ($350,000) took home the...


Farah Hannoun

VIDEO: Mohammad Karaki gets brutally knocked out at UAE Warriors 20 after referee misses eye poke

They say protect yourself at all times, but Mohammad Karaki was hoping the referee would protect him when he was inadvertently poked in the eye.

At UAE Warriors 20 on Saturday, former Desert Force champion and ONE Championship title challenger Karaki faced Gianni Melillo. It was Karaki’s promotional debut, an it quickly turned into a nightmare for him.

In a wild, back-and-forth round which had both fighters scoring knockdowns, Melillo extended his fingers into Karaki’s eyes before...

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June M. Williams

UFC Vegas 29 Reactions & UFC Vegas 30 Picks | Care/Don’t Care Podcast

June M. Williams

Sorry cry babies! It’s time for another of our infamous and patented Care/Don’t Care Podcasts, with your talent: Eugene S. Robinson, John S. Nash and Stephie Haynes. The format of the show is to review the prior weeks picks & then to announce each fight on the upcoming card, commenting on which upcoming fights are hot and which fights are not - for UFC VEGAS 30: GANE VS VOLKOV!

It’s time for another one of our infamous and patented Care/Don’t Care Podcasts,...

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Zane Simon

Report - UFC 263 pulls estimated 600,000 PPV buys

Israel Adesanya lands a kick on Marvin Vettori in the main event of UFC 263. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

The card apparently hit 500,000 ESPN+ buys in the US alone, a solid bounce back after UFC 262 reportedly pulled in just 300,000.

Things have to be going pretty well for the UFC in 2021 when a 600,000 buy PPV clocks in as just the 4th highest selling card of the year to date. That’s the number quoted in the Sports Business Journal, who estimate that the UFC 263 fight card...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Kanako Murata shows X-ray of arm injury after UFC Vegas 29

Kanako Murata | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Kanako Murata is in good spirits after attempting to work through an arm injury against Virna Jandiroba at UFC Vegas 29.

The Japanese flyweight standout suffered her first loss in over four years on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas when a cageside physician determined at the end of the second round that Murata could not continue after clearly injuring her arm. Murata’s injury appeared to occur in the first round when Jandiroba attacked...


Matt Erickson

Bruno Silva finally gets UFC debut win – two years after it was supposed to happen

LAS VEGAS – Bruno Silva beat Wellington Turman with a first-round knockout Saturday on the main card at UFC on ESPN 25 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Silva, who won his UFC debut two years after it originally was scheduled, but scrapped due to a failed drug test and suspension.


Nolan King

UFC 263 salaries: Israel Adesanya, Marvin Vettori lead payouts; Nate Diaz pockets $250,000

Israel Adesanya served as the UFC 263 poster boy atop the card and was compensated as such.

UFC 263 took place June 12 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The main card streamed on ESPN pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.

MMA Junkie acquired the disclosed fighter salaries from the Arizona Department of Gaming, which oversaw the event, though win bonuses and discretionary bonuses were redacted from the public information request. The figures also do not include potential pay-per-view...

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David Mendoza And Marco Beltran Set To Do Battle Again | UFC Fight Pass

A High-Level Rematch Is On The Slate At LUX

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By Walker Van Wey, UFC FIGHT PASS

All Or Nothing For Brandon Shavers

After A Red-Hot Start, Brandon Shavers' Career May Be On The Line This Weekend At AKA 16. Watch On UFC Fight Pass

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Damon Martin

PFL president Ray Sefo: Claressa Shields has ‘a lot to learn’ but still impressed with her MMA debut

Cooper Neill

The combat sports world was watching recently when multi-time boxing champion Claressa Shields made her mixed martial arts debut but her first fight was anything but easy.

The 26-year-old Michigan native struggled through the first two rounds as opponent Brittney Elkin was able to drag her to the ground, move into the mount on multiple occasions and threaten with strikes and submission from a dominant position on top.

Despite a rough start, Shields still managed to...


Matt Erickson

Nicolae Negumereanu says he's sorry for many fence grab warnings in win over Camur

LAS VEGAS – Nicolae Negumereanu beat Aleksa Camur with a split decision Saturday to close out the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 25 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Negumereanu, who was warned many times for fence grabs – but never docked a point, which would have resulted in a draw.


Farah Hannoun

Alexander Volkov lauds dangerous Ciryl Gane, but ready to 'find out whose kung fu is better'

Alexander Volkov sees his matchup with Ciryl Gane primarily playing out on the feet.

Volkov (33-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Gane (8-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 190 headliner Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Having scored back-to-back second round TKOs over Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem, Volkov is riding plenty of momentum heading into his matchup with the unbeaten Gane. He acknowledges that while Gane may only be eight fights into his pro MMA career, he fights like a composed...


Kanako Murata Shares X-Ray of Dislocated Elbow Following UFC on ESPN 25 Defeat

Kanako Murata fought valiantly even after her left arm was severely compromised at UFC on ESPN 25, but ultimately the Japanese judoka was unable to continue in her bout against Virna Jandiroba after two rounds.

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Tim Bissell

Sage Northcutt looks massive in latest pic

Sage Northcutt at a UFC Fight Night in Boise, ID in 2018. | Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Is Northcutt trying to make heavyweight?

Former top UFC prospect ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt looks a lot different from how he appeared when he broke onto the MMA scene in 2015.

Back then the young Texan had a 5-0 record and a reputation for high octane karate demos. Northcutt, and his trademark blonde spikes, was recruited to the UFC through Dana White’s Looking For...


Adam D Martin

Robert Whittaker dubs Israel Adesanya’s UFC 263 performance as average, ‘Stylebender’ responds

Robert Whittaker dubbed UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s UFC 263 performance as average, and “The Last Stylebender” responded. Adesanya defeated rival Marvin Vettori in the pair’s rematch as last weekend’s UFC 263 pay-per-view event in Glendale, Arizona. Adesanya was able to utilize his superior striking and showed improvements in his grappling as he was able […]

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Damon Martin

Israel Adesanya fires back at Robert Whittaker as war of words heats up ahead of expected rematch

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has never really been known for his trash talk, but he may have just ignited a war of words with reigning king Israel Adesanya.

With all signs pointing towards a rematch between them later this year, Whittaker commented on Adesanya’s recent win over Marvin Vettori where he won a lopsided unanimous decision following a five round fight at UFC 263.

“Watching that fight against Vettori, you can see Adesanya is...


Matt Erickson

UFC Fight Night 190: Make your predictions for Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 190 event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 190 main card staff predictions we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 190 takes place Saturday at the UFC...

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Lewis Mckeever

Brown would love to fight Nick or Nate Diaz following KO win over Lima

Matt Brown makes his walk to the cage to take on Dhiego Lima at the UFC on ESPN 25 event on June 19, 2021. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Matt Brown would love to share the cage with the Diaz brothers.

If Demian Maia isn’t available, UFC veteran Matt Brown says it would be an honor to share the Octagon with either Nick or Nate Diaz following ‘The Immortal’s’ brutal face-plant KO of Dhiego Lima at UFC on Vegas 29.

Brown, 40, respects both the Diaz brothers and says a fight...

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