UFC 285: Minimum Purse for Jon Jones’ Heavyweight Debut Revealed

After an absence of 3 years from the Octagon, UFC star Jon Jones will mark his return as he will face Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight title on March 4. ‘Bones’ will endeavor to not only capture the UFC gold but also reclaim his previous title of the pound-for-pound king at the T-Mobile Arena facility, in Las Vegas. Also, the Rochester native makes his much-awaited heavyweight debut, which also proved to be a daunting task. However, his long absence from the promotion could partly be linked to his long-standing contractual negotiation with the UFC president Dana White. The standstill over the negotiation finally had a breakthrough and, as a result, the former UFC champion will bank the highest purse of his career at UFC 285.

The purse of Jon Jones for UFC 285

Markedly, the Albuquerque resident signed the lucrative 8-fight deal with the promotion. The same deal that established him as the second highest-paid athlete behind Conor McGregor also kicked off his heavyweight journey.


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Notably, Jones was paid $500k for exchanging gloves with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214  in July 2017. And that would be the sheer minimum the Gaidojutsu black belt holder will amass.

Reportedly, the 26-1-1 record holder will pocket $2 million for showing up against ‘Bon Gamin’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on prior to his UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout against Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Notably, the highest-paid athlete in UFC history, ‘Notorious’, banked $3 million for his last 4 outings to the Octagon. In addition, Jones’ purse can beef up to $3 million with a win bonus and PPV money bonus. However, his opponent will receive $500,000 and, with add-ons and bonuses, the purse can swell up to $750,000.

 The fight purse of the rest of the fighters on UFC 285

In the co-main event, headlined by the women’s flyweight title on the line, Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso will also receive a sizeable share. While the champion will take $500k home, the challenge will collect $330,000 for competing against ‘Bullet’.


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EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 09: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan raises her hands after facing Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 215 event inside the Rogers Place on September 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In the clash of lightweights, Mateusz Gamrot will receive $75k. On the other hand, Jalin Turner will be credited $42k. Further, the debutant Bo Nickal will collect the basic $12k pay, while Jamie Pickett will secure $75k.


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