Widely considered as one of the greatest bantamweights of all time, TJ Dillashaw makes his much-anticipated octagon return in the co-main event of UFC 280 against the current bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling.
The former UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw has been inactive in the recent years due to injuries and his 2-year suspension by USADA. However now he has an opporunity to win back the title that he never lost inside the UFC octagon.
During his two-year hiatus, Dillashaw has made a fortune outside the octagon with his franchise called “Clean Juice”. He is also the owner of the flavor republic spice and he also has his own chain of food trucks serving organic food and beverages. TJ Dillashaw has even claimed that he has generated enough wealth during the last 2 years to retire from the sport. But, in this article let’s have a look at the fight purses Dillashaw has earned in his UFC career so far.
How much money is TJ Dillashaw earning for his UFC fights
Dillashaw made his UFC debut through The Ultimate Fighter season 14. He fought John Dodson in the TUF 14 Finale and lost the fight via TKO. For this fight, Dillashaw earned a fight purse of $8000.
TJ Dillashaw would take on Walel Watson in his second UFC fight. This time he would secure a decision win and bag a fight purse of $16,000. ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Dillashaw would earn the first big fight purse of his UFC career at UFC 173, where he took on Renan Barao. Dillashaw would win the fight by TKO and bag a fight purse of $136,000($18,000 to show, $18,000 win, $50,000 fight of the Night bonus, $50,000 performance of the night bonus).
After winning the bantamweight title with his win over Barao, Dillashaw would defend his title against Joe Soto, Renan Barao, and Dominick Cruz.
For his title defense against Joe Soto at UFC 177, Dillashaw would earn a fight purse of $150,000($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win, $50,000 for the performance of the Night bonus).
For his title defense against Renan Barao in a rematch on UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs Barao 2 card, Dillashaw earn a fight purse of$210,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship).
TJ Dillashaw would lose the UFC bantamweight title to Dominick Cruz in a close decision at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz. Dillashaw would bag a fight purse of $160,000 for the fight against Cruz including a $50,000 fight of the night bonus.
TJ Dillashaw would again fight for the title against his former teammate Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 and become the two times UFC bantamweight champion. For his win over Garbrandt, Dillashaw would earn a fight purse of $280,000 including a $50,000 performance of the night bonus.
Dillashaw earned the biggest fight purse of his career for his rematch with Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. Dillashaw earned a fight purse of $440,000 including a $50,000 performance of the night bonus.
For his last fight against Henry Cejudo in his attempt to become a two-division champion, TJ Dillashaw earned a fight purse of $380,000.
Returning after two years away from the UFC Octagon against Cory Sandhagen, TJ Dillashaw picked up a whopping $150,000 for his appearance and took home an additional $150,000 as win-bonus for his split decision win over Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32.
TJ Dillashaw takes on the current bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling in the co-main event of UFC 280. In one of the biggest cards of the year, Dillashaw is reportedly earning $300,000 fight purse for his title fight. However, he is likely to get fight night bonuses if he gets the job done against Sterling.
As per reports, TJ Dillashaw has earned a total of $2,614,000 through his fights in thee UFC.