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UFC Vegas 3 purses: Jim Miller the highest earner at $208,000

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Neither Curtis Blaydes nor Alexander Volkov had the highest purse for last Saturday’s event.

UFC Fight Night: Miller v Roberts Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

We have purse info from last Saturday’s UFC Vegas 3 card, and you may be surprised (or not!) to find out that neither headliner is guaranteed six figures in base pay. Curtis Blaydes got $180,000 through a $90,000/$90,000 deal, whereas Alexander Volkov’s loss means he gets just $80,000. For context, Greg Hardy is on a $90,000/$90,000 deal right now.

Josh Emmett did well to sign a new contract right before his eventual win over Shane Burgos. Not only did he get a bump from $49,000/$49,000 to $76,000/$76,000, in addition to a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.

The highest purse honors belong to none other than Jim Miller, who’s fantastic win over Roosevelt Roberts doubled his pay from $104,000 to $208,000. He was the only fighter with a six-figure base purse, and for someone who has never fought for a title but has had 35 UFC appearances and is beloved by everyone, it’s great to see him get that type of money. He also got a performance bonus so tack on $50,000 more for him.

Here are the official purses as provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As usual this does not include does not include Reebok sponsorship money, post-fight bonuses, discretionary bonuses, etc.

Main Card

Curtis Blaydes ($90,000 + $90,000 win bonus = $180,000)
Alexander Volkov ($80,000)

Josh Emmett ($76,000 + $76,000 win bonus = $152,000)
Shane Burgos ($75,000)

Raquel Pennington ($63,000 + $63,000 win bonus = $126,000)
Marion Reneau ($38,000)

Belal Muhammad ($50,000 + $50,000 win bonus = $100,000)
Lyman Good ($28,000)

Jim Miller ($104,000 + $104,000 win bonus = $208,000)
Roosevelt Roberts ($25,000)

Preliminary Card

Bobby Green ($36,000 + $36,000 win bonus = $72,000)
Clay Guida ($73,000)

Tecia Torres ($48,000 + $48,000 win bonus = $96,000)
Brianna Van Buren ($14,000)

Marc-Andre Barriault ($14,000 + $14,000 win bonus = $28,000)
Oskar Piechota ($20,000)

Gillian Robertson ($25,000 + $25,000 win bonus = $50,000)
Cortney Casey ($53,000)

Justin Jaynes ($12,000 + $12,000 win bonus + $5,000 from Camacho = $29,000)
Frank Camacho ($25,000-$5,000 for missing weight = $20,000)

Lauren Murphy ($38,000 + $38,000 win bonus = $76,000)
Roxanne Modafferi ($50,000)

Austin Hubbard ($25,000 + $25,000 win bonus = $50,000)
Max Rohskopf ($12,000)