Ciryl Gane reportedly made “between 2 and 3 millions” for UFC Paris

UFC heavyweight Ciryl Gane revealed how much he received for his main event at UFC Paris. The former title challenger said that he got paid between two to three million in an interview with French publication.

Ciryl Gane showcased an incredible performance along with his opponent Tai Tuivasa at UFC Paris earlier this month. The pair headlined the event that took place in the Accor Arena in Paris. It was the first time the UFC had held an event in France. MMA was banned in France up until couple years ago.

Gane bounced back from his loss against the champion Francis Ngannou. Meanwhile, Tuivasa entered the octagon after delighting fans with his brutal knockout over Derrick Lewis in February. Tuivasa was willing to stand and bang and showcased his toughness but Gane still got the upper hand.

Both heavyweights went toe to toe until the last minute of the third round with Gane delivering a combination of hard punches that knocked Tuivasa out. ‘Bon Gamin’ scored a victory for his 9th UFC outing, having only lost once – against Francis Ngannou.

And it looks like UFC isn’t willing to have a repeat of a situation they had with Ngannou and is actually ponying up. Ngannou had reported he was making around $600,000 for his last performance and that he was in debt in between bouts, borrowing money.

French journalist Charles Villa uploaded a video on his Youtube channel where he showcased a behind-the-scenes sequence of the event. In the video, he also interviewed Gane and asked him about his salary for UFC Paris.

“I don’t know the exact number. If you ask me, I pretty much know. Since I’m more of a champion, I’m downgrading a bit […] It’s between 2 and 3 million I think.” Gane said.

Ciryl Gane earned. For their incredible performance, Gane and Tuivasa earned the extra $50,000 for that performance as well.

But before you get overexcited consider the fact that France is likely to take 45% to 65% percent of that in taxes.

In France, high earners like athletes and artists are taxed at a marginal rate of 45% + 17,5% for social security.

Not to mention the managerial fees.

Gane’s manager, Fernand Lopez, recently found himself in hot water when he refused to release a champion from his promotion ARES FC to go to UFC without a $90,000 break fee – all while paying Trabelsi just $4000 per bout.