Jorge Masvidal said this week he needed a hefty monetary promise to fight at UFC 251, and he had all of the leverage to improve his payout when asked to replace Gilbert Burns in the main event against Kamaru Usman.
His positioning helped him secure a multifight contract with UFC, which he told ESPN has satisfied his desires.
Usman, meanwhile, is trying to ride the momentum of a 15 fight win streak in which he's blossomed into a high-earning fighter in his own right.
Here is a financial breakdown for the UFC 251 main event:
Usman vs. Masvidal fight purse, prize money
While the fight purse won't be announced until after the event, we do know the earnings each fighter has received in recent appearances to get an idea of the incentives at UFC 251.
Usman earned $550,000 for his UFC 245 title victory over Colby Covington last December and $350,000 for his UFC 235 victory over Tyron Woodley last March.
Masvidal has earned a shade over $1 million across his past three contests, including $520,000 from his TKO win over Nate Diaz last year. This is his first UFC title fight.
It's expected, then, that each will earn at least $500,000 for appearing at UFC 251.
What is Kamaru Usman's net worth?
There is no reputable estimate for Usman's overall net worth, but his base career earnings from fights are about $1.5 million.
What is Jorge Masvidal's net worth?
Like Usman, Masvidal's net worth is difficult to pin down, mostly because knowledge of his endorsement deals and outside business pursuits is limited. His base career earnings from fights, though, are about $2.6 million.
Kamaru Usman's career fight record
Usman holds a 16-1-0 career record with his lone pro loss coming by submission in 2013. Since that defeat, he's racked up three title fight wins and 15 straight victories overall. In 2019, he defeated Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.
Jorge Masvidal's career fight record
Masvidal is 35-13-0 in his career and enters Saturday night on a three fight unbeaten streak. His last bout came against Nate Diaz, whom he defeated by TKO last November.