UFC superstar Conor McGregor will bank a minimum of £2.2million ($3m) for his return to the octagon this weekend.
The Notorious will be back in the cage early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 264 for a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, 32, will bid to exact revenge on the former interim lightweight champion, who he knocked out six years ago at UFC 178.
The Irishman was stopped by The Diamond in their January rematch in Abu Dhabi.
The former two-division champion banked £2.2m before receiving his respective cut of pay-per-view points.
And it's understood he'll earn the same amount for his rubber match with the American.
Fan favourite Poirier is on course to take home significantly more than the£110,714 ($150,000) he made for his gruelling five-round war with Dan Hooker last year.
The Louisianan inked a bumper eight-fight deal with the UFC before his rematch with The Notorious, although details of his purse weren't released.
Both men's total earnings for their series decider will be significantly topped up by their respective cuts of the pay-per-view buys.
Scroll down to see the bitter rivals' most recent guaranteed purses:
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Conor McGregor's last four guaranteed purses
UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor II – Poirier def. McGregor via KO (Round 2) – £2,200,000 ($3million at the time)
UFC 246: McGregor vs Cowboy – McGregor def. Cowboy via TKO (Round 1) – £2,364,000 ($3million at the time)
UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor – Nurmagomedov def. McGregor via submission (Round 4) – £2,432,000 ($3million at the time)
UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor – Def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO (Round 2) – £2,391,000 ($3million at the time)
Dustin Poirier's last three disclosed guaranteed purses
UFC on ESPN 12: Poirier vs Hooker – Poirier def. Hooker via unanimous decision (£110,714.25 ($150,000)
UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier – Nurmagomedov def. Poirier via submission (Round 3) – £184,671 ($250,000)
UFC 236: Holloway vs Poirier – Poirier def. Holloway via unanimous decision – £184,671 ($250,000)
Poirier recently revealed his payday for fighting McGregor is 'five to ten times' more than what he would've banked if he fought for the lightweight title in May.
He told EPSN: "Me fighting for the belt, I wouldn't have got pay-per-view, I would have got a base salary of not even one-third of my base salary for this fight, it just doesn't make sense because I'm a prizefighter.
"I don't want to put the UFC on blast, or put their numbers or the way we do deals out and make a big deal of it.
"But if I'm making five to ten times the amount of money to fight Conor again, I'm a father, a husband, I have priorities.
"I wouldn't have got pay-per-view for the title fight, Conor fight I had pay-per-view points built in, there's no question.
"I'm fighting a little bit more free, I can just go out there and fight, whatever happens tonight you can just perform your best and I think that helps me."
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