Paddy Pimblett Reveals He Earned $12,000 To Show, $12,000 To Win At UFC London

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 23, 2022
    Paddy Pimblett

    After disputing recent claims that he earned $107,000 for his UFC London victory over Kazula Vargas last weekend, Paddy Pimblett has now revealed that he earned $12,000 to show at the event, as well as a further $12,000 to win as part of his fight purse.

    Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, featured for the second time in his UFC tenure last Saturday, rallying from some early first round adversity to submit Vargas with an opening frame rear-naked choke.

    The victory came as Pimblett’s second straight since his arrival in the promotion, following a prior September knockout win over Luigi Vendramini in another rallying showcase from the Liverpool favorite.

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    Following Pimblett’s victory, the Huyton native took to social media to deny a report claiming he had netted $107,000 for his victory over Vargas at The O2 Arena – which was then corroborated by the Liverpudlian’s manager, Cage Warriors leader, Graham Boylan.

    Speaking with Barstool Sports on Tuesday, whom Pimblett is a brand ambassador for, confirmed that he had actually netted a total fight purse of $24,000 for his win over Vargas – as well as a $50,000 bonus from the promotion.

    “Twelve and 12 (thousand dollars),” Paddy Pimblett said. “No, yeah, 12 and 12, so 12 to show and 12 to win.”

    Normally, fight purses for UFC fighters are usually unattainable through respective state athletic commissions, however, fighters are free to openly reveal their salaries and fight purses earned during their time under the promotion’s banner.

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    Elaborating on the process, Pimblett admitted that the situation regarding his pay was just “one of those things”, explaining how he had agreed to the terms of the contract offered by the promotion.

    “It goes up after every fight, but you’re in a contract, so it’s whenever they (UFC) want to offer me a new one (contract), they offer me a new one,” Paddy Pimblett said. “So it’s just one of those things.” (H/T MMA Fighting)

    Following UFC London last weekend, organizational president, Dana White confirmed that the event had landed a gate in the region of $4.6 million, with 17,081 fans attending the capital return for the promotion.