Usman received a flat $500,000 for the Aug. 20 pay-per-view headliner, which he lost via fifth-round knockout. Leon Edwards, meanwhile, received a flat $350,000 for his stunning finish. Neither headliner was contracted to receive a win bonus, likely meaning the welterweights shared in the promotion’s PPV profits.
UFC 278 took place Aug. 20 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The disclosed salaries were obtained by MMA Fighting after a freedom of information request to the commission, which regulated the event.
In addition to their commission-reported salaries, Edwards, Costa, Rockhold and Victor Altamirano each took home $50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.
A complete list of the UFC 278 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, pay-per-view bonuses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Leon Edwards ($350,000 + no win bonus = $350,000) def. Kamaru Usman ($500,000)
Victor Altamirano ($10,000 + $10,000 win bonus = $20,000) def. Daniel Lacerda ($10,000)