How much money Khabib made in UFC?
Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov is one of the most popular and successful MMA fighters of all time. Khabib, an undefeated fighter with a 29-0 professional record, had an amazing MMA career and a very impressive run in the UFC’s lightweight division which put him into a conversation as one of the “GOATS” of the sport.
Throughout his UFC career, Nurmagomedov made over $14 million (official numbers) and he is arguably one of the highest paid athletes in the sport. A question a lot of you might be interested in is how much Khabib actually made in the UFC and what were his earnings in all of his UFC fights.
Below, we will reveal Khabib’s net worth, payouts, and salary while competing in the UFC.
Khabib’s earnings prior to layoff in 2014-2015
1. Kamal Shalorus (January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller).
Total earnings: $19,500.
A 23-year-old Khabib Nurmagomedov made his UFC debut in 2012 against an Iranian martial artist and former Olympic wrestler Kamal Shalorus. Khabib submitted Shalorus in the 3rd round via rear-naked choke.
It was an impressive performance from the newcomer from Dagestan with a papakha hat on his head. But Khabib didn’t get any additional bonuses on top of a guaranteed payout of $8,000 to show, $8,000 for the win, and $3,500 as a fight week incentive pay.
2. Gleison Tibau (July 7, 2020 at UFC 148).
Total earnings: $23,500.
In his second UFC appearance, Khabib faced a Brazilian fighter Gleison Tibau. It was one of the closest and most controversial fights in Nurmagomedov’s career.
Khabib vs Tibau fight went the distance. Throughout the fight, “The Eagle” made 13 unsuccessful takedown attempts and wasn’t able to dominate Tibau on the ground as he does with most opponents.
Nurmagomedov was a more active and aggressive fighter in the octagon while Tibau had a counter-heavy approach. According to stats, Tibau edged Khabib in significant strikes, total strikes, as well as takedowns but Nurmagomedov had an octagon control and was constantly pressuring his opponent. All three judges scored it 30-27 for Khabib.
The future lightweight champion made a total of $20,000 for this fight against Gleison Tibau: $10,000 to show, $10,000 for the win, and $3,500 as a fight week incentive pay.
3. Thiago Tavares (January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping).
Total earnings: $27,500.
At UFC on FX 7, Nurmagomedov faced a Brazilian fighter Thiago Tavares. At weigh-ins, Khabib wore an insulting for Brazilians shirt “If sambo was easy it would be called jiu-jitsu”. He did it in front of the Brazilian crowd…. Savage!
In the octagon, “The Eagle” ended up knocking Tavares down with his left uppercut and brutally smashed him with ground and pound in the first round of the fight. This performance silenced the crowd and was a huge statement from Nurmagomedov.
Despite a very impressive finish, Khabib didn’t get a $50,000 knockout of the night bonus. Nurmagomedov earned $12,000 to show, $12,000 for the victory, and $3,500 as a fight week incentive pay with a total payout of $27,500.
4. Abel Trujillo (May 25, 2013 at UFC 160: Velasquez vs Silva 2).
Total earnings: $32,000.
A few months after the fight with Tavares, Nurmagomedov faced yet another Brazilian lightweight – Abel Trujillo. Khabib ragdolled former collegiate wrestler for 3 rounds and earned a dominant unanimous decision win.
In this fight, the Dagestani fighter landed 21 takedowns which still holds UFC’s record for most takedowns in a single fight up to this date.
Khabib’s earnings slightly increased with each fight and for this one, he made $14,000 to show + $14,000 for the win + $4,000 as a fight week incentive pay.
5. Pat Healy (September 21, 2013 at UFC 165: Jones vs Gustaffson).
Total earnings: $36,000.
In his 5th UFC appearance, Nurmagomedov faced Pat Healy in the main card of the UFC 165 pay-per-view event. Ahead of the fight with Khabib, Healy was riding a 6-fight win streak (his 7th win against Jim Miller was overturned and changed to no contest). “The Eagle” defeated Healy via unanimous decision and earned his fifth consecutive UFC win.
For the fight with Healy, Khabib got paid more than he did for his previous fights because he signed a new contract: $16,000 to show, $16,000 for the win, and $4,000 as a fight week incentive.
6. Rafael dos Anjos (April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs Browne).
Total earnings: $46,000.
Nurmagomedov faced the future UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos on April 19, 2014. Khabib dominated dos Anjos and earned a unanimous decision victory as well as a $46,000 payout, his highest earnings at the time.
P.S. Back then, Khabib and McGregor used to be friends.
A rising contender for the lightweight title
7. Darrell Horcher (April 16, 2016 at UFC on FOX 19: Teixeira vs Evans).
Total earnings: $52,000.
Nurmagomedov had multiple injuries following his fight with dos Anjos which was a major setback in his career. He was out for 2 years prior to the bout against Darrell Horcher. Khabib was originally scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson but “El Cucuy” withdrew on 11 days’ notice and was replaced by Darrell Horcher.
Khabib defeated Horcher in the 2nd round via brutal strikes on the ground and earned $24,000 to show, $24,000 to win, and $4,000 fight week incentive bonus from sponsors.
8. Michael Johnson (November 12, 2016 at UFC 205).
Total earnings: $57,000.
At UFC 205 Nurmagomedov fought on the main card prior to the main event of the evening between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez. Khabib ended up dominating Michael Johnson and submitting him in the 3rd round.
Once again, despite such a dominant performance, “The Eagle” did not get a 50k bonus for “Fight of the night” or “Performance of the night”. For his fight against Michael Johnson, Khabib got paid $57,000 while Conor McGregor banked over $3 million and became the first double champion in the UFC history.
9. Edson Barboza (December 30, 2017 at UFC 219).
Total earnings: $220,000.
Ahead of the fight against Edson Barboza, Nurmagomedov signed a new contract on better financial terms. At this point, Khabib vs Barboza fight was basically a title elimination bout and a winner of this fight was promised to fight for the belt afterward.
Khabib smashed Barboza for 3 rounds and won the fight via dominant unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24) which earned him his first $50k “Performance of the Night” bonus.
At UFC 219, Nurmagomedov ended up making $220,000: $80,000 to show, $80,000 to win, $10,000 promotional bonus, and $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.
Khabib’s fight payouts since becoming the UFC lightweight champion
10. Al Iaquinta (April 7, 2018 at UFC 223).
Total earnings: $530,000.
“The Eagle” was scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 223 but Tony pulled out with a torn ACL and was replaced last minute by Al Iaquinta. The Dagestani fighter defeated Iaquinta via unanimous decision and became the first UFC champion from Russia.
Khabib’s earnings for UFC 223 consisted of $500,000 to show and $30,000 as a fight week incentive pay. At this point, Nurmagomedov’s net worth was already over $1 million.
11. Conor McGregor (October 6, 2018 at UFC 229).
Total earnings (not including PPV points payout): $1.5 million after paying a $500k fine to the NSAC.
As his first title defense, Nurmagomedov faced a former champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor at UFC 229. There was a huge build up and drama going into the fight which contributed to UFC 229 selling over 2.4 million pay-per-views and becoming the biggest MMA event of all time.
“The Eagle” dominated the Irishman and won the fight in the 4th round via neck crank submission while banking a $2 million paycheck. Unfortunately for Nurmagomedov, he did not receive $500,000 from this purse as he was fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the brawl after UFC 229.
Besides his guaranteed payout, Nurmagomedov also got paid an undisclosed amount (not included in officially revealed earnings) as his share from the pay-per-view sales. We don’t know exactly how much Khabib earned for every sold PPV but at the very least, he at least tripled his guaranteed purse.
12. Dustin Poirier (September 7, 2019 at UFC 242).
Total earnings (not including PPV points payout): $6,090,000.
At UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi Nurmagomedov fought an interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. As predicted, Khabib dominated Poirier and submitted him via rear-naked-choke in the 3rd round.
Khabib’s earnings for the fight with Poirier increased dramatically. He got paid over $6 million: $6,000,000 to show, $40,000 as a fight week incentive pay, and $50,000 “Performance of the night” bonus.
13. Justin Gaethje (October 24, 2020 at UFC 254).
Total earnings (not including PPV points payout): $6,090,000.
Ahead of the Khabib vs Gaethje fight, there were a lot of talks that Justin is the guy to beat Nurmagomedov. Despite that, “The Eagle” was a betting favorite heading into the fight and he absolutely delivered one of his best performances.
The Dagestani champ was relentless with his pressure and he was able to get a quick finish in the 2nd round of the fight. Gaethje was in big trouble as soon as he got taken down to the canvas by Nurmagomedov who was a far superior grappler in this matchup. Khabib announced his retirement from the sport in the post-fight interview and it is unknown if he will ever come back to fight in the UFC again.
For this fight, Khabib banked another $6 million as a guaranteed purse, $40,000 fight week incentive, and $50,000 “Performance of the night” bonus.
UFC 254 event sold about 675,000 pay-per-views and Khabib most likely got paid an undisclosed amount of his share of the PPV points on top of the guaranteed earnings mentioned above.