Fighter Payroll and Fight of the night Bonuses!

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Combat Sports


Fighter Payroll for UFC 137. Note that these figures do no include the Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Knockout of the Night bonuses. Those bonuses were handed to Nick Diaz and BJ Penn (FON), Donald Cerrone (SON), and Bart Palaszewski (KON). Those bonuses were reportedly worth $75,000 each!

The full payouts included:
Nick Diaz: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

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: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Dennis Siver: $27,000

Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 (includes $10,000 win 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

*Tyson Griffin was reportedly fined some a percentage of his show pay, for not making weight. He weighed in at 149 for his fight which had a 146 lbs limit.

  1. Alicia says:

    Roy Nelson beat Cro Cop and made less money? It’s good to see that these guys fight because they love it and not for the money because some of these guys do not make all that much money for getting their face plummeted in. Some fighters do make out good for a win, but we also got to remember that money has to last them until their next fight. This article really puts it in perspective tho on how much fighters actually make for their fights.


    • One thing you have to remember is that Mirko came in under Pride. He was making bank in Japan, so the UFC signed him to a contract that rivaled those numbers. Nelson came in to the UFC a journeyman and won The Ultimate Fighter, which im pretty sure carries a contract per fight as well. Either way Roy will make more money next time, and they both made a fortune in Sponsorship !
      Also Nick Diaz for instance made a total of 270,000 grand. After His trainer, training partner, lawyer, manager, and Agent get their cut, it hardly resembles 270,000 grand! But your right no one is in MMA for the money, not many anyway. Its all about the struggle!


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