Nine years ago, it was unimaginable that a 213-pounds rugby player would be a UFC featherweight champion. Well, Alexander Volkanovski made that into reality. Interestingly, the current featherweight champ auditioned in welterweight when Dana brought TUF reality TV series to Australia.
Since then, “The Great” has never looked back and has earned the spot to call himself the king of the featherweight division in the UFC. In these five years of his UFC career, Volkanvoski has gone on to fight and defeat some of the featherweight greats like Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.
It’s needless to say that Volkanovski has been one of the top fighters in UFC for a long period. Being undefeated for straight nine fights in UFC is no joke. Furthermore, he has defeated fighters like Max Holloway twice in the span of one year.
So, when the fighter is undefeated for five years, the fans must be curious about how much money the featherweight champion has made in his UFC career. So let’s take a look at the fight purses of Volkanovski throughout his UFC career.
Fight Purses of Alexander Volkanovski:
Alexander Volkanovski debuted in UFC against a Japanese fighter Yusuke Kasuya. The fight featured in the main card of UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Brunson. Volkanovski won that fight via KO in the second round itself and continued his MMA winning streak to 11. The Great earned $22,500 from that fight which included $10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, and $2,500 Reebok sponsorship.
Alexander then went on to fight another Japanese fighter who was also coming off a win. But, Volkanovski managed to get a decision win over him as well. He earned a total of $26,500. Which included $12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, and $2,500 Reebok sponsorship.
In the same year, Alexander fought Shane Young at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs Tybura. Volkanovski again sealed a victory to his name via decision in a three-round bout. Alex earned $30,500 of the fight which included $14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus, and $2,500 as Reebok sponsorship.
Alexander then fought Jeremy Kennedy at UFC 221 in the prelims card. To no one’s surprise, he won the bout via KO in round 2 itself. He earned a fight Purse of $36,000.
After winning four consecutive bouts in UFC, Dana had to give him a better match. Hence, Volkanovski fought “The Damage” Darren Ekins at UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs Ivanov. But, The Great again managed to get a victory via decision. Alexander earned his first 6 digit purse from this fight by bagging a total of $119,000.
Soon after then, the fighter went on defeat Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo consecutively in a span of only six months. Volkanovski earned $180,000 and $140,000 respectively from both the fights. He also got his first performance bonus in the fight against Chad Mendes.
Finally, after all these wins, Alexander got his first title shot and co-main event fight against Max Holloway at UFC 245. The Great didn’t let go of the opportunity rather grabbed it with both hands to become the featherweight champion by defeating Max via a decision victory. Volkanovski earned a fight purse of $280,000.
Alexander’s fight against Max Holoway was a rematch fight to defend the title against the former champion Holloway. However, Volkanovski cemented his seat on the throne of featherweight championship by defending the title against Max. This fight at UFC 251 was his biggest payday where he earned a fight purse of $390,000.
Volkanovski’s most recent bout was against Brian Ortega. He won the fight via decision and showed sheer class to get out of Ortega’s deadly locks twice. The fight was later declared as the fight or the Night and both the fighters got $50,000k bonus. This made Volkanovski’s earning $492,000 for the Night.
His net earning from UFC is calculated to be around $1,224,500. But, the actual figure might vary a little as his last fight had PPV sales to his name.
In his next fight, Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title against The Korean Zombie in the main event of UFC 273. This PPV is expected to be one of the biggest nights for UFC in 2022 thanks to some exciting fights on the card.