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UFC 137 Salaries: Nick Diaz Earns $275,000, Five Others Break the Six-Figure Mark


(Maybe now that Bart’s rich, he can stop swagger-jacking KarmaAteMyCat. / Photo via MMAFighting)

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)

Cheick Kongo: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Mitrione: $10,000

Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: $75,000

Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
def. Jeff Curran: $8,000

Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. George Roop: $8,000

Donald Cerrone: $129,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Dennis Siver: $27,000

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

Brandon Vera: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Eliot Marshall: $15,000

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.

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JohnnyBlaze- November 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm
well it isn't helping this site thats for sure. Killa Watts? what so clearly ur not trying to turn their lights out, but rather keep them on? by you getting ktfo'd? sounds about right. And don't worry, its not personal.
btw, its been a while since u posted a fight video. i guess u either haven't fought in a year or lost? sounds about right.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 1, 2011 at 11:54 am
My Blue name ruined this site? My very confused friend this site is still awesome, I mean we have great people like you who still stop by to give your two cents don't we? Also Killa Watts is witty and intuitive on multiple levels... Don't try making this personal it wont work.
JohnnyBlaze- November 1, 2011 at 8:31 am
your blue name ruined this site. And "Killa" Watts is pretty lame too by the way
IrishMMA- November 1, 2011 at 6:46 am
Mitrione is getting crucified by that TUF contract and he still has it for a minimum of three more fights..same with Nelson but im not sure how much longer he has it! Nick better stop complaining hes making more in 6 months than successful people make in 3 years!! Cerrone deserves every penny and more..im jumping on the Cerrone band wagon from now on :)
J-Dog- November 1, 2011 at 6:34 am
Meathead = definitely underpaid

Big Country = underpaid

The Truth = GROSSY overpaid... didn't this guy just get cut from the UFC? $60K to show on the prelims? Total bullshit.
irish brawler- October 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm
lol @ karma i see what you did there
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm
Oh and Did I mention my name is Blue LOL @ MY BLUE NAME... See what I did there? Sure you do.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm
First things first, My name is Jefferey and secondly I've had the hawk much much longer then Bart, I have proof. You are right I haven't made it yet but a lot of people like the taste of my name in their mouths so I must be doing something right.
JohnnyBlaze- October 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Lol @ my own comment.
JohnnyBlaze- October 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm
i'd say karmas the one swagger jacking since bart is successful and little Jeffrey isn't
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm
Bart*
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Awesome Caption. Yeah I have been mistaken as Burt several times true shit. Salary's look your usual to me.
Perma- October 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Diaz has a medical card he likely has gave his grow rights away and in return gets some free weed grown for him.

The money he needs to move is not just as easy as buying a house and moving its up rooting his way of life, and getting guys to help you out is not easy when they get paid elsewhere, UFC needs to have a system in place that takes care of the staff as well as fighter.

He may not be able to clearly speak and get his point across but the man has balls enough to complain when so many other just take the hit and pay there partners themselfs and live on next to nothing.
Papa Damage- October 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Remember people, BJ is getting a cut from a ppv so his purse is in 7 figures no doubt about it. All these guys got a lot more then this chart shows, Cro Cop especially in my mind. He's been around, he wouldn't be embarrassing himself like that for peanuts - over and over again.
Kid Clam Curtains- October 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Stockton is a massive shitbox with one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Nick should email me. With about 12 seconds and the magic of google, I just found a 5 bedroom 4 bath house, 4,000 sq. ft. in a gated community, for under $600K.
WarpedAcorn- October 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm
I would like to let Nick know that I am teaching a course at the community college Wednesday nights on house buying. Our first lesson will be that $275K can buy you a fairly decent house.
intercept440- October 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm
@danomite..
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funny man.. but i was thinking more along the lines of Don Kinged...
ala mike tyson
NinjaVanish- October 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Where I live in Iowa, 600k could buy you a near mansion. Hell you can rent a 5 bedroom/ 2 BR house for 600-800 a month.
Austin3210- October 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Poor Nick. That dude will never be happy no matter what he makes. The world's out to get him. What a fuckwad.
RSparrow- October 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm
In Meatheads case, I guess that's the cost of sparring these days.
Jackal- October 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Vera fight shouldn't have been a draw. He won rounds 1 and 2 clean. Round three he got rocked, stalled a bit, escaped a weak armbar attempt (even though Rogan had an orgasm yelling about how serious it was, if he didn't get him to tap, he wasn't doing it right, go back to class), and ended the round on top, throwing elbows (Funny Bloody Elbow doesn't mention that).

Scoring that round a 10-8 is retarded, he wobbled Brandon but couldn't capitalize. Brandon's BJJ talent saved his position and allowed him to defend well. He deserved the victory, though he still needs to get more aggressive and get rid of the 'if I lose, I'm fired' fear.

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TheWarsawExpress- October 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm
There should be a new award for Eliot Marshall called "Best attempted submission" for breaking Vera's arm. I mean...c'mon.
raton- October 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Diaz isn't helping the legalize weed movement. He can fight his ass off but when he opens his mouth, pure shit comes out.
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