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Brock Lesnar, Chris Leben Lead UFC 116 Salary List

(Gerald Harris: One finger for each of ‘em. Photo courtesy of

The UFC paid out $1,373,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at UFC 116, with Brock Lesnar taking home over a third of the total payroll with his $400,000 salary and $75,000 Submission of the Night bump. Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Stephan Bonnar also cracked the six-figure mark after their Fight of the Night bonuses were factored in. The full payout list is below. Keep in mind that these numbers don’t include additional income from sponsorships, undisclosed "locker room" bonuses, or percentages of the pay-per-view gross that some of the UFC’s stars (i.e., Brock Lesnar) are entitled to.

Brock Lesnar: $475,000 (no win bonus; includes $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Shane Carwin: $40,000

Chris Leben: $161,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Yoshihiro Akiyama: $120,000 (includes $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Chris Lytle: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $10,000

Stephan Bonnar: $125,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Krzysztof Soszynski: $85,000 (includes $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

George Sotiropoulos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kurt Pellegrino: $25,000

Brendan Schuab: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Tuchscherer: $12,000

Ricardo Romero: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Seth Petruzelli: $10,000

Kendall Grove: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Madsen: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Karlos Vemola: $8,000

Underpaid: Yeah, it’s pretty crazy that Shane Carwin‘s to-show check was literally one-tenth of Brock Lesnar’s. But I have more sympathy for Chris Lytle, who was robbed of a very well-deserved $75,000 submission bonus for his unique mounted triangle-armbar of Matt Brown. Instead of awarding an extra set of Fight of the Night bonuses to the ugly brawl that was Bonnar vs. K-Sos, why not give some extra love to Lights Out? Was the UFC just tired of giving him extra money? Also, it’s about time for the UFC to start paying George Sotiropoulos like the valuable contender that he is. Rant over.

Overpaid: Yoshihiro Akiyama. His performances in the UFC barely qualify him for middleweight gatekeeper status, and to be honest, it was Leben’s zombie-like toughness and dramatic finish that gave their bout Fight of the Night status. Akiyama was just a co-star, and he was gassed by round 2. The UFC is paying for a name that only has significance in Asia. I don’t care how sexy this guy is…

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Gorgzilla- July 7, 2010 at 9:45 am
Kendall Grove is a poor Elvis impersonator and ...oh yeah... he also sucks ass!

In the second round he had an active guard, but the "PSSHHHT!" sounds he was making was totally over the top! It "sounded" like he was molesting Goran from the bottom, but in reallity he was just worming around and lighty slapping Goran in the arms. PSHHHT...PSHHHT...PSHHHT! flap flap flap....
Split decision win by sound-fx.

It goes into the fake-it categori together with "ghost-fingers" in the eye, "ME-WON-arms in the air", "I wasn't out-fakery" and "The slow one-tap confusion-ploy".

(If the ref stops the fight you ofcourse: "didn't tap!!! Just moved my hand!!!" and if the ref leaves you in the sub for too long you can divert attention to the no-good ref and evil opponnent rather then your sucky sub-defence!)
KarmaAteMyCat- July 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm
@ Sakuraba3900

You think falling into someones guard makes you worth it? he got paid more then Carwin did and I am positive he made double that alone off of sponsors. So that leaves the question of where do they go with him. Seriously though you think Sexyama is worth his weight in gold? I don't know man. I guess you are entitled to those opinions.

As for Shano "12- 1" Carwin, He certainly makes enough through sponsorship to break even. I mean it certainly wasn't equivalent to 475k but whatever. Imagine how much more Brock made that wasn't publicly released just hilarious. I love watching that Transition to choke over and over, just about as much Love watching Georgie beat Kurt saturday.

@ Almost North

We are both assholes but we just fit in so well. At least when we argue and bicker we have logic behind most of what we say and not 4chan styles insults that make no sense right? Oh well, time for some Vanilla Starbucks.

Peace out you Cheeky bastards!
fatbellyfrank- July 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Those two girls would be lucky to be 14
cagefightmon- July 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm
DON'T WORRY PEOPLE . . . Carwin got paid a lot more to THROW the fight in the second round. He was SOOOooo gassed in the 2nd round that he was able to muster up the energy to crack a smile, drop to his knees and get Lesnar's dick caught in his throat.
I don't buy it!!!

Clyde- July 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Man, sub 50k for an undefeated fighter who's finished everyone he's fought, fighting in the main event for the world heavyweight title. What is wrong with this sport? This was one of the biggest fights of the year and that's all he got from the UFC? Regardless of the outcome he deserved better than that.

And yeah, Lytle got robbed. My personal love of arm triangle finishes not withstanding, that inverted triangle armbar was the dogs bollocks. As you said in the caption for the top earners, "he makes it look so easy".
mustache revival- July 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm
When it comes to sub-nasal follical growth, that dude in the purple shirt has harris whipped!
cecils_pupils- July 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Damn El Guapo, that was a nice dig on Carwin... I will say, at least he's smart enough to hedge his bets - unlike me, who lost a total of 70 bucks backing my boy Carwin. But that's Okay, methinks he'll get another shot and we'll have another betting go-round then...

So I just need ur paypal act number and you'll get ur twensky...
El Guapo- July 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Look, I just mind my own business here at CP, read the articles, fap-fap to the money shot on Mumbles' forehead. But I never attack anybody*. Paz and love, y'know? Not sure why this feller's mad at me..

*Except Dan Quinn and KarmadrankmyLatte. I bought a year's supply of stevia, ate like a pig and didn't work out, per Quinn's request, and now I look like James Toney's albino twin.
T_Durden- July 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Makes you realize why Carwin's constantly pushing a hundred different sponsors on his twitter account.
justscrappin- July 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I would watch out almost and guapo.....if snatchuraba is anything like sakuraba....he is going to take a pounding and still come back and catch a comatose sub. Or in this will pound on him...and then he will get the last laugh giving you an std later. You know....cuz he is a filthy snatch. That's what they do.
Almost North- July 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Wait wait this snatchuraba chap is mad at me because he tried to insult me out of nowhere and he was wrong? God damn I'm an asshole.
DangadaDang- July 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm
God i could watch Lytle's transition to that armbar all day...just god damn beautiful. Any word if Brown's arm was broke or not? I remember Rogan saying he thought it was.

Also, the UFC should get Scott Smith back, have him drop to welterweight and fight Lytle. EPIC.
Biffmiester- July 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm
I'm not so sure about the caption. One hand for the one in the purple is more like it. Methinks that Mr. Harris is showing off a new technique I'd like to call the Finger Fandango. (© Copyright Biffmiester, Ltd. 2010)
El Guapo- July 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Poor Snatchuraba. Couldn't get FIRST if it jumped up and bit him in the twat. Breaks my heart. But hey, at least I read the article this time(or did I?)..

Patience is a virtue, Snatch.
DaltonSwayze- July 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Why is Harris getting so much credit? He fought an old guy who did nothing, was winging a haymaker every three minutes and did nothing else. He powerbombed an old man, and it was awesome, but he seemed unimpressive to me.

What's the big deal?
Cock_Chestnar- July 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Can we get Mel Gibsons take on that pic?
Nealio- July 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Yeah Lytle got robbed. That was definitely the most technical submission. That also should be fight of the night. Shit they should have given out 5 fight of the night bonuses (ie excluding Lesnar/Carwin).
Maybe Dana is hatin on "The Bonus Hunter" now since he's been stackin so much UFC bonus cheese....
Almost North- July 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I found the degenerate pimp in this photo. Damn that was easy.
Sabado Gigante- July 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm
@ Rex: LOL @ Larry Fitz!

But yeah, it was the guy in the red shirt who alarmed me! Dude looks like a walking hard-on with a pocket full of rufies!
Joe Bananas- July 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Goldie had me rolling on the floor when he called akiyama sexyama. Goldie is awesome.
Sakuraba3900- July 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Naw Akiyama is good he is just kind of a retard... He had the ability to keep Leben down and pound him out. He just decided that brawling was more fun and it cost him, he gassed cause of it thus making it an easy task for Leben to snatch up that triangle cause honestly that thing was slapped on in slow mo. Anyone with a decent gas tank would have been outta there in a sec.
i would like to see Sexyama lose some muscle go down in weight and smash on the welterweights of the UFC.

As far as Carwin goes... HE GOT A FUCKING BOAT FROM A SPONSOR! So he isnt doing so bad after all. Thats the thing, when you are on huge card thats televised on PPV and you are on the main event you have HUGE potential money in sponsorships. The UFC is just the path to that money. Its not always how much the UFC gives you its the chance they give you to make off of everyone else.

In closing I would like to take a moment to tell Almost North and ElGuapo to lick sack.

Prometheus- July 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm
LOL at Carwin. Sucks to be him.
Viva Hate- July 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm
They will have a defense, see the one in purple is braless so she obviously wanted it.
ReX13- July 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Sabado Gigante>> Not if Ray-Ray Toney and Larry Fitzgerald yell "Surprise!" first.
k-onda- July 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm
No Ben, that's a black man ...
but Carwin got raped though