Despite Controversial Defeat, Nick Diaz Still Wins Big at UFC 143

Written by Tom Ngo
February 6th, 2012

UFC Welterweight Nick Diaz

Despite dropping a highly controversial unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 on Saturday, Nick Diaz (Pictured) still left Las Vegas as the card’s biggest winner.

Diaz pocketed a flat $200,000 salary for his 25-minute affair against “The Natural Born Killer.” In addition to taking home interim welterweight gold, Condit also earned $110,000 for his victory, half of which came via ‘win bonus.’

Mandalay Bay Events Center in Nevada hosted this weekend’s festivities.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

Here are the official paydays for UFC 143:

(Total disclosed salaries: $880,500)

Preliminary Card:

Stephen Thompson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Defeated Dan Stittgen: $5,000

Rafael Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Michael Kuiper: $6,000

Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Henry Martinez: $6,000

Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Chris Cope: $8,000

Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Alex Caceres: $8,000

Dustin Poirier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Defeated Max Holloway: $6,000

Main Card:

Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
Defeated Clifford Starks: $8,000

Renan Barao: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
Defeated Scott Jorgensen: $20,500

Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
Defeated Mike Pierce: $20,000

Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Roy Nelson: $20,000

Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
Defeated Nick Diaz: $200,000

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