Edson Barboza is widely regarded as one of the finest strikers in the entire UFC promotion. Debuting in 2010, with numerous memorable finishes in his career including his spinning heel kick finish against Terry Etim.
In his 12 years long career he has fought 25 bouts yet he keeps on adding new weapons to his arsenal and refines his old ones.
From Khabib Nurmagomedov to Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Dan Ige, Paul Felder, Donald Cerrone, and Anthony Pettis he has fought the finest and legends of lightweights. So, with such an illustrious career one must wonder how much he has earned? Let’s find that out.
Edson Barboza UFC career earnings
For his fight against Mike Lullo, which was Edson’s debut, the Junior made $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus).
After the successful debut, he went on to win his first fight of the night bouns by defeating Anthony Njokuani at UFC 128. Where he earned $86,000.
Edson then went on to win two consecutive Fight of the Night bonus against Ross Pearson and Terry Etim. The win against Ross gave him his first-ever six-figure earnings in a bout where he grabbed $120,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $100,000 Fight of the Night bonus)*. In the latter, he again earned a handsome amount of $154,000.
After four consecutive wins, he then faced his first loss against Jamie via a round 1 knockout. Where he only earned $18,000.
However, the loss didn’t stop his momentum and he went on to get three back-to-back victories against Lucas Martins, Rafaello Oliveira, Danny Castillo. In the fight against Danny at UFC on Fox Junior earned $102,000.
UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne
Junior then faced the Cowboy Cerrone who was also coming from two consecutive victories at that time. Donald defeated Edson in the first round itself via Submission (rear-naked choke). Consequently, Barboza was paid only $29,000 for the loss.
Nevertheless, he was able to regain his form back after that loss and won two consecutive fights against Evan Dunham and Bobby Green. In the latter, he earned $68,000.
UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2
Junior earned $128,000 ($39,000 to show, $39,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)* by defeating Paul Felder. For this, he got a chance to fight Tony Ferguson at TUF 22 Finale, who was at his peak at that time. Edson lost that fight via Submission but was still able to earn $94,000.
He then went on to fight Pettis, Melendez, Dariush where he combinedly earned $384,000 by defeating three of the finest lightweight fighters in UFC.
Junior’s downfall in the lightweight division
Edson fought the Eagle at UFC 219 and got defeated by the GOAT. However, he managed to earn $90,000 ($75,000 to show, $15,000 Reebok sponsorship).
However, even after that loss, he got his first main event against Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Lee. Unfortunately, he lost that fight as well. But, got a decent amount of $105,000. ($75,000 to show, $15,000 from Lee for missing weight, $15,000 fight week incentive pay)*
After losing against Justin and a rematch against Paul Felder, Edson decided to move to featherweight with a record of 20-8.
Barboza met Daniel Alexander Ige in his featherweight debut. But, the fight didn’t go in Edson’s favor. Dan snatched the victory from Junior’s hand via a split decision win. Barboza earned $99,000 ($79,000 to show, $20,000 fight week incentive pay).
Biggest Paydays of Edson Barboza:
UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen
Junior fought Amirkhani in his second featherweight fight. Barboza’s fight against Amirkhani gave him a whopping amount of $178,000 ($79,000 to show, $79,000 win bonus, $20,000 fight week incentive pay)*
Edson’s recent fight was against Shane Burgos where he was paid $90,000 to show. In addition to that, his win made him earn a total of $276,000. It is his highest paycheque to date.
Barboza’s next fight against Giga “Ninja” Chikadze at UFC Fight Night might be his biggest payday.