The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official payroll from Saturday’s UFC 137 event, revealing that the participating fighters earned $1,326,000 in disclosed salaries and performance bonuses. Headliner Nick Diaz went home with the largest check — $275,000, including his Fight of the Night bonus — but the biggest winner had to be featherweight veteran Bart Palaszewski, who made more than ten times his $10,000 show-money, thanks to a win bonus, a Knockout of the Night bonus, and a 25% cut of Tyson Griffin‘s purse.
The full UFC 137 payout list is below; keep in mind that the figures don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships and undisclosed “locker room” bonuses, or deductions for taxes, insurance, and license fees.
Nick Diaz: $275,000 (includes $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus; no win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $225,000 (includes $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: $75,000
Bart Palaszewski: $103,500 (includes $10,000 win bonus, $8,500 added as a penalty from Tyson Griffin missing weight, and $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Tyson Griffin: $25,500
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Downes: $4,000
Francis Carmont: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Camozzi: $8,000
Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Jacoby: $6,000
Underpaid: I realize that Jeff Curran has never really broken out as a star, and that he has a combined 2-6 record in the UFC/WEC, but the dude has nearly 50 professional fights dating back to 1998, and he’s still earning $8,000 to show. Nobody’s fault, really, it’s just kind of depressing. I was also a little surprised that Matt Mitrione was still contracted at $10,000 to show, coming off five straight victories in the UFC — more proof that if you come to the organization through TUF, they usually have you by the balls.
Overpaid: Brandon Vera‘s days of being a six-figga-jigga are over, but $60k/$60k still seems high for him, especially considering that his decision victory over Eliot Marshall probably should have been a draw. I’ll shut my stupid mouth once The Truth starts beating legitimate contenders again. And it goes without saying that Cheick Kongo didn’t put in a performance worthy of being the third-highest-paid fighter on the card.
Fun fact: Nick Diaz made $600,000 in fights this year, excluding sponsorships.