Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley battled it out over eight rounds inside the boxing ring on Sunday night. Paul was victorious with a split decision on the judges’ scorecards. However, both he and the former UFC welterweight champion came away as winners from this one.
MMA Junkie has revealed that both Paul and Woodley earned a $2 million purse for the fight. And it should be noted that this purse does not include Paul and Woodley’s cut from pay-per-view sales, which are expected to be significant.
According to MMA Payout, Woodley’s combined UFC career earnings is an estimated $4,874,425. That figure is calculated based on purses, fight night bonuses and endorsement money. It does not include pay-per-view points that Woodley may have received during his reign as welterweight champion.
According to that same outlet, Woodley’s single biggest payday in the UFC was for his win over Darren Till at UFC 228 in 2018. That night he banked a reported $500,000 purse plus a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus and $40,000 in Reebok sponsorship money.
Bloody Elbow business expert John S. Nash believes Woodley’s biggest pay day came at UFC 205 in 2016. There he fought in the co-main event versus Stephen Thompson. Nash believes Woodley made close to $3 million that night, thanks to pay-per-view points driven up due to the main event of Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez.
It is currently not known how much fighters on the Paul vs. Woodley undercard made. Though, it is expected that each received a bumper pay check for appearing on what is trending to be one of the biggest combat sports events of the year.
Prior to the fight Paul claimed that he had taken a pay cut to ensure that fighters on the card, including Amanda Serrano and Tommy Fury (who he might be fighting next) could receive higher pay.
Paul made that claim after repeatedly bashing the UFC, and specifically Dana White, for low fighter pay.
Despite making $2 million from this fight (not including what is expected to be a large bonus for PPV sales) and signing a multi-fight deal with Showtime, Paul yesterday hinted that he may have retired from boxing.