The Sports Payouts portal published the fees of the fighters who appeared at the UFC 294 tournament in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
In the main event of the tournament, UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev defeated Australian Alex Volkanovski by first-round knockout to defend his title for the second time. The Russian earned $1.79 million for this fight and his opponent earned $1.58 million.
In the second most important fight of the evening, Khamzat Chimaev defeated Kamaru Usman by decision. The Swedish fighter of Chechen origin earned $865,000 for the victory and his opponent earned $1.02 million. Russian Magomed Ankalaev earned $225,000 for the fight against Johny Walker, which was declared invalid due to a banned strike on the domestic athlete.
Makhachev was originally supposed to compete against Charles Oliveira at the tournament in Abu Dhabi, but he was injured in training and was unable to perform.
On February 12, 2023, Makhachev defeated Alex Volkanovski by unanimous decision after five rounds at the UFC 284 tournament in Perth, Australia.