Nick Diaz , BJ Penn and Cheick Kongo Among Top Earners at UFC 137
By FCF Staff
As one would expect, main event competitors Nick Diaz and BJ Penn were the top earners at this weekend’s UFC 137 card in Las Vegas, according to figures released to FCF by the Nevada State Athletic Commission today.
The former Strikeforce champion Diaz collected $200,000 for his impressive, unanimous decision win over the legendary Penn, who in turn took home $150,000.
Other top earners included heavyweight Cheick Kongo, who earned $140,000 (including a $70,000 win bonus) for his UD victory over Matt Mitrione, and veteran light-heavyweight Brandon Vera, who was paid $120,000 (including $60,000 win bonus) for his decision win over Eliot Marshall.
Here are the payouts that were disclosed to the NSAC, however, the figures below do not include any sponsorship money, special bonuses or additional funds a fighter may have collected due to pay-per-view sales etc.
Nick Diaz $200,000 (no win bonus)
BJ Penn $150,000Cheick Kongo $140,000 (including $70,000 win bonus)
Matt Mitrione $10,000
Roy Nelson $40,000 (including $20,000 win bonus)
Mirko Filipovic $75,000
Scott Jorgensen $33,000 (including $16,500 win bonus)
Jeff Curran $8,000
Hatsu Hioki $30,000 (including $15,000 win bonus)
George Roop $8,000
Donald Cerrone $54,000 (including $27,000 win bonus)
Dennis Siver $27,000
Bart Palaszewski $28,500 (including $10,000 win bonus)
Tyson Griffin $25,500
Brandon Vera $120,000 (including $60,000 win bonus)
Eliot Marshall $15,000
Ramsey Nijem $20,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
Danny Downes $4,000
Francis Carmont $12,000 (including $6,000 win bonus)
Chris Camozzi $8,000
Clifford Starks $12,000 (including $6,000 win bonus)
Dustin Jacoby $6,000