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UFC 116 ‘Lesnar vs. Carwin’ Fighter Salaries

MoneyThe NSAC has released the fighter salaries for UFC 116. Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional undisclosed discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view revenue sharing bonuses or sponsorship money, which in many cases exceeds a fighter’s base pay. These numbers also do not account for taxes, insurance, and license fees.

As revealed prior to the event, Brock Lesnar led the pack with a $400,000 flat fee for headlining the show. Additionally, Brock was awarded a $75,000 “Submission of  the Night” bonus, but that’s peanuts compared to the share of pay-per-view revenue he’ll receive which is estimated to be at least $1 million depending on the buyrate.

Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Stephan Bonnar all cleared six figures with their “Fight of the Night” bonuses factored in. Futhermore, Dana White informed the media after the event that they would be handing out additional undisclosed bonus checks to everyone who deserved one.


Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Brock Lesnar: $400,000
    Shane Carwin: $40,000
  • Chris Leben: $86,000 ($43k + $43k win bonus)
    Yoshihiro Akiyama: $45,000
  • Chris Lytle: $52,000 ($26k + $26k)
    Matt Brown: $10,000
  • Stephan Bonnar: $50,000 ($25k + $25k)
    Krzysztof Soszynski: $10,000
  • George Sotiropoulos: $24,000 ($12k + $12k)
    Kurt Pellegrino: $25,000
  • Brendan Schuab: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
    Chris Tuchscherer: $12,000
  • Ricardo Romero: $16,000 ($8k + $8k)
    Seth Petruzelli: $10,000
  • Kendall Grove: $50,000 ($25k + $25k)
    Goran Reljic: $5,000
  • Gerald Harris: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
    David Branch: $6,000
  • Daniel Roberts: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
    Forrest Petz: $6,000
  • Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8k + $8k)
    Karlos Vemola: $8,000


$75,000 bonus to each fighter.

  • Knockout of the Night – Gerald Harris
  • Submission of the Night – Brock Lesnar
  • Fight of the Night – Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama & Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $1,373,000, including all bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.

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