Charles Oliveira became the promotion’s 11th lightweight champion after he knocked out Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 262 to cinch the UFC gold. It took more than a decade for the Brazilian fighter to reach the pinnacle of the sport. With the win, he took his win-streak to 9 consecutive wins inside the Octagon and will look to continue the same momentum as he starts his championship reign.
On the other side, in what was a disappointing night for Michael Chandler, the former two-time Bellator lightweight champion suffered the first loss of his UFC career after a dominating first round. Chandler was able to drop Oliveira in the first round, with vicious ground and pound. However, a crafty Oliveria was able to survive the onslaught and looked resilient in the face of an explosive Chandler, managing to pick up the TKO win in the second round to become the UFC lightweight champion.
Needless to say, it was the highest payday for Oliveira who also took home the Performance of the Night bonus for his incredible performance against Chandler.
How much did Oliveira, Chandler, Ferguson, and Dariush earn for their appearance at UFC 262?
According to the news outlet Give Me Sports, Chandler took home a base salary of $500,000, earning more in Fight Week incentive and sponsorship bonus from the newly adopted Venum deal, pocketing another $32,000.
Meanwhile, Oliveira took home a whopping $400,000 for his incredible performance against Chandler. He also received the sponsorship bonus and as a champion received $42,000 from Venum for their partnership with the UFC. He also took home what many are calling the “El Cucuy” bonus with $75,000 coming to him in the form of a UFC bonus. Oliveira also pocketed $100,000 as a win bonus.
Oliveira made $617,000 for his UFC 262 win against Chandler. Needless to say, the fight purse doesn’t include the PPV revenue share. Meanwhile, former interim lightweight champion, who suffered his third straight loss inside the Octagon took home $500,000 for his appearance against Beneil Dariush in the co-main event of UFC 262. On the other hand, Beneil Dariush earned a guaranteed purse of $200,000. Needless to say, the Iran-born American fighter is expected to rake in more going forward considering his incredible performance against a seasoned fighter like Tony Ferguson.