UFC featherweight, Yair Rodriguez is one of the most dynamic and entertaining fighters in the UFC roster right now. With a MMA record of 13 wins and 3 losses, Rodriguez is very close to getting a title shot against the featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski.
So far, Yair Rodriguez’s UFC career has been full of ups and downs. Rodriguez was away from octagon octagon for two years after his win over Jeremy Stephens. He even got into a lot of trouble for avoiding USADA drug tests.
However, Yair Rodriguez made his return with the gruelling fight against Max Holloway and impressed the fans by winning multiple rounds against the former champion.
Yair Rodriguez has been a part of multiple UFC main events in his career. But, how much does he earn in UFC for giving the fans exciting fights everytime he steps into the octagon?
UFC Earning of Yair Rodriguez
The Mexican mixed martial artist made his UFC debut against Leonardo Morales on UFC 180 back in 2014. Rodriguez secured a decision win on his debut and earned a fight purse of $16,000($8,000 to win, $8,000 to show).
Yair Rodriguez earned the first UFC bonus of his career after his split decision win over Charles Rosa. He secured a fight purse of $80,000 including $50,000 fight of the night bonus.
El Pantera took on UFC veteran, Dan Hooker at UFC 192 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Rodriguez took a fight purse of $32,000 for his win over Hooker.
The UFC featherweight had his first UFC main event when he took on Alex Caceres back in 2016. Rodriguez picked up another split decision win and secured a fight purse of $98,000 ($50,000 fight of the night bonus).
Yair Rodriguez secured one of the biggest wins of his career when he knocked out BJ Penn in another UFC main event. For his win over BJ Penn, Rodriguez earned a fight purse of $155,000 including $50,000 performance of the night bonus.
El Pantera lost to former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar by TKO at UFC 211. Despite the loss, Rodriguez showed his durability and secured a fight purse of $65,000.
The biggest fight purse of Yair Rodriguez’s career came from his fight against The Korean Zombie. In one of the most iconic UFC featherweight fights, Rodriguez knocked out The Korean Zombie with 1 second remaining in the fifth round.
Rodriguez earned a fight purse of $225,000 including a $50,000 performance of the night bonus and $50,000 fight of the night bonus.
Yair Rodriguez earned a fight purse of $175,000 for his decision win against UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens at UFC on ESPN 6 As per reports from The Sportsdaily.
In his fight against Max Holloway, even though Yair Rodriguez was unable to secure a victory he was able to secure one of the biggest fight purse of his career with $161,000 including $50,000 fight of the night bonus.
Prior to his UFC 284 bout against Josh Emmett, Yair Rodriguez beat Brian Ortega in a controversial manner. For the fight, he earned an estimated $211,000. It included a $100,000 base salary, a $100,000 win bonus, and another $11,000 fight week incentive.
As for his fight against Josh Emmett, Rodriguez is set to bag an estimated $110K to fight, $10K as sponsorship pay, and $100K as a win bonus.