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UFC 137 ‘Penn vs. Diaz’ Fighter Salaries: Nick Diaz Got Paid

MoneyThe NSAC has released the fighter salaries for UFC 137. 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.

For someone who cries poor so often, Nick Diaz sure makes a hell of a lot of money. Up from the $175,000 he made for his last fight in Strikeforce, Diaz pocketed a flat fee of $200,000 plus another $75,000 in Fight of the Night bonus money for his headlining fight against BJ Penn. It’s not the seven-figure payday he could have gotten if he had fought Georges St. Pierre, but I don’t think anyone is going to feel sorry for Nick making over a quarter million for one fight, especially not the other fighters who sat at the post-fight press conference and listened to him complain about money for the umpteenth time.

BJ Penn was right Nick with a grand total of $225,000 after his FOTN bonus. Next was Cheick Kongo who received $140,000 for beating up Matt Mitrione for one round.

Then came Donald Cerrone. With his Submission of the Night bonus, he made another six-figure payday, $129,000 to be exact. So far, Cerrone has made a whopping $389,000 in 2011 since joining the UFC, and he still has one more fight to go before the year is out. It’s probably safe to say no one is more happy about the UFC-WEC merger than Cowboy.

Brandon Vera continues to make big bucks off lackluster performances. That armbar Elliot Marshall nearly finished him with would have cost him a cool $60,000 had he tapped. Instead, Vera hung on, took the decision and pocketed $120,000.

And last but not least, Bart Palaszewski also broke the six-figure mark with a little help from his opponent Tyson Griffin. When Griffin missed weight he was forced to forfeit 25% of his $34,000 purse to Palaszewski. That put Palaszewski right over the edge with a $103,500 payday after his KO bonus.


Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Nick Diaz: $200,000
    B.J. Penn: $150,000
  • Cheick Kongo: $140,000 ($70k + $70k)
    Matt Mitrione: $10,000
  • Roy Nelson: $40,000 ($20k + $20k)
    Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: $75,000
  • Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 ($16.5k + $16.5k)
    Jeff Curran: $8,000
  • Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 ($15k + $15k)
    George Roop: $8,000
  • Donald Cerrone: $54,000 ($27k + $27k)
    Dennis Siver: $27,000
  • Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 ($10k + $10k + Griffin’s $8,500 weight fine)
    Tyson Griffin: $25,500 ($34k – Griffin’s $8,500 weight fine)
  • Brandon Vera: $120,000 ($60k + $60k)
    Eliot Marshall: $15,000
  • Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
    Danny Downes: $5,000
  • Francis Carmont: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
    Chris Camozzi: $8,000
  • Clifford Starks: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
    Dustin Jacoby: $6,000


$75,000 bonus to each fighter.

  • Knockout of the Night – Bart Palaszewski
  • Submission of the Night – Donald Cerrone
  • Fight of the Night – Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $1,327,000, including all bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.

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