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UFC 274: How much money will Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje make for UFC lightweight title fight?

The fifth pay-per-view of the year, UFC 274, will take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ. The headliner of the evening will have the lightweight championship up for grabs. Champion Charles Oliveira will go into enemy territory – the hometown of challenger, Justin Gaethje.


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Outside of the main event, the card has some exciting fights as the penultimate fight will see two-time strawweight champion Rose Namajunas looking to avenge her loss to former starweight queen Carla Esparza.


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Another thrilling battle on the card will see No. 5 lightweight stars Michael Chandler and former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson square off to retain their position in the division after suffering multiple losses.


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Apart from these gigantic fights, there are multiple notable fighters and young prospects that make the event a standout spectacle.

Historic Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje fight numbers

The UFC 274 showstopper will see two of the most exciting fighters from the UFC’s toughest division face off.

The champ is riding a 10-fight winning streak in the division after going 10-8 in the UFC’s first 18 outings. The 32-year-old made his early debut for the promotion in 2010. “Do Bronx” was an exceptional talent, which was tested during his early days in the featherweight and lightweight division.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 15: Charles Oliveira of Brazil reacts to his submission win over Jim Miller in their lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night at Fiserv Forum on December 15, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, Oliveira has always been an exciting fighter, which is why his victories have created historic figures in the UFC. Primarily, in his last 10 fights, the Brazilian has stormed all UFC post-fight performance bonus records.

The lightweight champion leads the post-fight bonus at 18 with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Additionally, Oliveira has 18 finishes in the UFC, which is the most in the promotion. Also, he has 15 submission finishes to his name.

As for the challenger, Justin Gaethje, the former WSOF champion made his mark in the UFC in his very first fight. In his first fight, Gaethje picked up two post-fight bonuses.

Justin Gaethje’s legend has grown steadily over his fights with Dustin Poirier & Eddie Alvarez, which also saw “Highlight”, receive the Fight of the Night bonus.

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Justin Gaethje punches Eddie Alvarez during their lightweight bout at the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Arizona-based fighter received a post-fight bonus in all of his fights except against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. Additionally, in his first fight and a title fight against Tony Ferguson, he received two bonuses .

In conclusion, Gaethje has 10 post-fight bonuses in his 9 UFC fights, a record the lightweight fighter is proud of.

Charles Oliveira

With all the records the two hold, they justify the fight to make history. Thus, both must be compensated according to their performance inside the Octagon.

Since Charles Oliveira brings the belt, he would get PPV points for UFC 274, which seems to be on an upward trend according to social media numbers.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira arrives at T-Mobile Arena during the UFC 264 event on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages

“Do Bronx” earned a commutative figure of $4,177,300 during his 12-year long career in the UFC. Other than that, as mentioned above, the champ has the 18-position fight bonus to his name, which alone earned him $870,000 in his career.

The champion received a sum of $492,000 (including post-fight bonus and fight week incentive pay, not including PPV points) in his most recent UFC Octagon walk. Therefore, Charles Oliveira should get over $500,000 for his next fight against Justin Gaethje, barring PPV points.

Justin Gaethje

Before coming to the UFC, Gaethje was already a big name. Therefore, the UFC paid a lot of money to get “Highlight” in the promotion. And the Arizona wrestler did not disappoint and exceeded all expectations.

The former interim lightweight champion, during his 9 fight stint in the UFC, earned a cumulative salary of $3,230,500. This also includes his astonishing post-fight bonus record, which has earned him half a million to date.

Gaethje’s last fight saw him earn $356,000 for his spectacular performance against Michael Chandler, while his career-highest payout came against his post-fight double bonus performance against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

For his UFC 254 unification bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gaethje was awarded $440,000 in a losing effort. Justin Gaethje would also receive north of $500,000 for UFC 274.

When is UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje?

The UFC 274 extravaganza takes place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ on May 7. The event has 14 fights in total with five fights on the main card, 4 in the prelims and 5 in the early prelims.

Main board:

  • Champion, Charles Oliveira vs. #1 Justin Gaethje (Main Event) (UFC Lightweight Championship fight)
  • Champion, Rose Namajunas vs. #2 Carla Esparza (Co-Main Event) (UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship Fight)
  • #5 Michael Chandler vs. #7 Tony Ferguson (UFC Lightweight fight)
  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux (UFC Light Heavyweight fight)
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC lightweight fight)


First preliminaries:

  • Francisco Trinaldo vs. Danny Roberts (UFC welterweight fight)
  • Tracy Cortez vs. Melissa Gatto (UFC women’s flyweight fight)
  • Kleydson Rodrigues vs. CJ Vergara (UFC women’s flyweight fight)
  • Ariane Carnelossi vs. Loopy Godinez (UFC women’s strawweight fight)
  • Journey Newson vs. Fernie Garcia (UFC bantamweight fight)

How to watch UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje

The card with two UFC championship bouts on the line kicks off May for the UFC. UFC 274 will be available to stream on multiple platforms. In addition, the schedules will be different depending on the region.

United States: American audiences can continue with UFC 274 on ESPN+ at 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. The prelims will be available at 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes. While UFC Fight Pass is the benchmark for early prelims and will begin at 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST.

Canada: Canadian fans can watch the main card on BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass starting at 7:00 p.m. PST / 10:00 p.m. EST. Additionally, the preliminaries will be available on TSN and RDS beginning at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST, and the early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST.

India: Indian fans can catch up on the UFC on Sony Network. The main card will drop at 7:30 a.m. (Sunday) on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, and Sony LIV (app and website) with an active subscription.

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland: For UK fans, the event will be available on BT Sport 2. The main card will start at 3:00 a.m. BST (Sunday) and the prelims will start at 1:00 a.m. BST (Sunday) and the first prelims at 11:00 p.m. BST (Saturday). ).

Central Europe (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Finland and Sweden): For these countries, the main card will be broadcast at 4:00 CEST (Sunday).

  • UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass (Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain)
  • RMC Sport2 (France)
  • DAZN (Germany, Italy)
  • Discovery+ (Netherlands)
  • Eurosport (Spain)
  • Polsat Sport (Poland)
  • Viaplay (Denmark, Norway and Sweden).
  • XYZ Sports (Switzerland)

Prelims: 2:00 a.m. CEST (Sunday) on UFC FIGHT PASS, Discovery+ (Netherlands) and Eurosport (Spain)

Early preliminaries: 12:00 p.m. CEST (Sunday) on UFC FIGHT PASS

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Finland: Fights are available on Viaplay at 5 a.m. EEST (Sunday) and preliminaries and early preliminaries at 3 a.m. EEST and 1 a.m. EEST on UFC Fight Pass.

Iceland: The main card will start at 02:00 GMT (Sunday) on Viaplay, the Prelims and Early Prelims will end with a two-hour delay from the main card.

MENA: The main card kicks off at 6:00 a.m. GST (Sunday) on AD Fight, Starzplay, and UFC Arabia. Prelims: 4 a.m. GST (Sunday) on ADM Sports 2, AD Fight, Starzplay and UFC Arabia. Early prelims: 2:00 a.m. GST (Sunday) on ADM Sports 2, AD Fight, Starzplay and UFC Arabia.


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Australia: Aussies can watch the main card at 12 p.m. AEST / 10 a.m. AWST (Sunday) on Main Event, Fetch TV, Kayo and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.