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Nate Diaz Leaves UFC on FOX 13 With Only $16,000

Written by Tom Ngo
January 14th, 2015
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Remember when Nate Diaz (pictured) was holding out because he wasn’t satisfied with his UFC contract? Well, perhaps Diaz had a right to gripe about his deal, even though he willingly agreed to it just four fights ago.

Diaz was slated to make $20,000 to show against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13. However, Diaz, perhaps in a sign of protest over his contract, came in heavy and was docked 20 percent of his purse, which went to dos Anjos.

Therefore, Diaz left Phoenix all battered and bruised with just $16,000 in a lopsided loss to the Brazilian.

Diaz made $30,000 for knocking out Gray Maynard in his previous outing, though half of that paycheck came courtesy of a win bonus. Diaz’s base salary went up $5,000 for this fight, but because he lost he only tasted half of what he could have earned.

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 Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

U.S. Airways Center in Arizona hosted the December 13 event.

Here are the disclosed salaries for UFC on FOX 13 (courtesy of MMAFighting.com):

Preliminary Card:

(Total disclosed salary: $1,020,000)

Ian Entwistle: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Anthony Birchak: $8,000

Henry Cejudo: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Dustin Kimura: $15,000

David Michaud: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 bonus)
Defeated Garett Whitely: $8,000

Bryan Barberena: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 bonus)
Defeated Joe Ellenberger: $10,000

Drew Dober: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jamie Varner: $20,000

Ed Herman ($47,000 to show) vs. Derek Brunson (N/A)*

Ben Saunders: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus)
Defeated Joe Riggs: $16,000

John Moraga: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 bonus)
Defeated Willie Gates: $8,000

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 bonus)
Defeated Claudia Gadelha: $10,000

Main Card:

Matt Mitrione: $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 win bonus)
Defeated Gabriel Gonzaga: $38,000

Alistair Overeem: $150,000 ($100,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus)
Defeated Stefan Struve: $40,000

Rafael dos Anjos: $86,000 ($41,000 to show, $41,000 win bonus, $4,000 from Diaz)#
Defeated Nate Diaz: $16,000

Junior Dos Santos: $260,000 ($130,000 to show, $130,000 win bonus)
Defeated Stipe Miocic: $30,000

* – Bout was canceled on fight day after Brunson had stomach issues.

# – Diaz docked 20% of purse ($4,000) for missing weight, which went to dos Anjos.

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