On Saturday night, the UFC will return to the Los Angeles area — not Las Vegas as originally planned — with UFC 232. The card will be headlined by two title fights, as Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson rematch for the vacant light heavyweight title in the card’s main event, and UFC women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg attempts to defend her title against bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in the co-main event.
No matter how these two title fights go down, the four fighters involved in them are set to make some serious money for their work.
On Friday, MMA Fighting obtained the base salaries for Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes. Jones, Gustafsson and Cyborg are all set to make a flat rate of $500,000, while Nunes will make $350,000 (not including pay-per-view bonuses, Reebok pay and other amounts).
Jon Jones will enter the UFC 232 main event having not fought since July of 2017, when he knocked out Daniel Cormier. Unfortunately, this bout was quickly ruled a no contest when it was announced Jones had failed a drug test. The title was returned to Cormier, and after more than a year of deliberation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), handed Jones a 15-month suspension. Because this suspension was retroactive to the date of his failed test, he was eligible to compete again at the end of October. He’s 22-1 (1) overall.
Alexander Gustafsson, meanwhile, has not fought since May of 2017, when knocked out Glover Teixeira. With this win, the Swedish contender moved onto a two-fight streak, having also recently bested Jan Blachowicz by decision. Gustafsson is 18-4 overall.
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson first met in the main event of UFC 165, in 2013 in Toronto. On that night, Jones walked away with a unanimous decision win, though many fans felt Gustafsson should have been awarded the decision. Whatever the case, the bout is widely regarded as one of the best in UFC history.
Cris Cyborg has defended the women’s featherweight title twice, against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya. She’s 20-1 in sum. Amanda Nunes, meanwhile, has defended her title three times, against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Raquel Pennington. She’s 16-4 overall.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/28/2018.