UFC 282 Promotional Guidelines Compliance Payouts: Paddy Pimblett Earns Only $4,500

As it turned out, "The Baddy" isn't worth what he appears to be.

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  • Paddy Pimblett only netted $4,500 from UFC 282, according to UFC’s payout program
  • “The Baddy” stays unbeaten but failed to impress the fans and critics with his latest victory

UFC lightweight sensation Paddy Pimblett has been taking the sport by storm. After another victory at UFC 282 over Jared Gordon, “The Baddy” is now 4-0 in the UFC.

Many could assume that Pimblett is now pocketing a lump sum of money, having gone unbeaten and generated an incredible amount of interest from the fans. However, it appears that the MMA rising star didn’t even break four digits in net earnings from his latest win.

Only $4,500

According to MMA Junkie, fighters who participated at the recent UFC 282 were all paid through the UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance program, “a comprehensive plan that includes outfitting requirements, media obligations and other items under the fighter code of conduct” that replaced the promotion’s old payouts scheme under the UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy.

The report stated that under the UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance program’s payout tiers, which distributes the “money generated by Venum’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC,” the fighters’ pay rates are categorized according to “total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later).”

Stated in the said program, “fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $4,000 per appearance; 4-5 bouts get $4,500; 6-10 bouts get $6,000; 11-15 bouts earn $11,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $16,000; and 21 bouts and more get $21,000. Additionally, champions earn $42,000 while title challengers get $32,000.”

Based on the above tiers, Pimblett, despite fighting in the co-headliner of UFC 282, falls down in the 4-5 bouts category, which means he only earned the corresponding amount of $4,500.

In addition to the UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay, the report noted that “UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness.”

UFC 282’s total payouts amounted to $215,000, but the year-to-date total of this year’s UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts has reached $8,147,000.

  • Jan Blachowicz: $32,000 Magomed Ankalaev: $32,000
  • Paddy Pimblett: $4,500 def. Jared Gordon: $11,000
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio: $16,000 def. Alex Morono: $16,000
  • Dricus Du Plessis: $4,500 def. Darren Till: $11,000
  • Ilia Topuria: $4,500 def. Bryce Mitchell: $6,000
  • Raul Rosas Jr.: $4,000 def. Jay Perrin: $4,000
  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik: $11,000 def. Chris Daukaus: $6,000
  • Edmen Shahbazyan: $6,000 def. Dalcha Lungiambula: $6,000
  • Chris Curtis: $4,500 def. Joaquin Buckley: $6,000
  • Billy Quarantillo: $6,000 def. Alexander Hernandez: $6,000
  • T.J. Brown: $6,000 def. Erik Silva: $4,000
  • Cameron Saaiman: $4,000 def. Steven Koslow: $4,000

Paddy needs a big one

Pimblett has maintained his flawless UFC record with a unanimous decision win over Gordon. However, critics say the victory was a robbery and his underwhelming performance only goes to show that “The Baddy” is not ready yet for a clash with any of the Top 15 ranked contenders in the lightweight division.

Needless to say, Pimblett should push himself to score a big win in his next fight.

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