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“UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” Salaries Released, Brock Lesnar Comes Up Big Again

Written by Tom Ngo
July 6th, 2010
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the salaries for this weekend’s “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

As previously reported, UFC undisputed heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar made 10-times more than former interim title holder Shane Carwin just for showing up. The former WWE superstar pocketed a flat $400,000 payday for stepping into the Octagon on Saturday night.

Despite a valiant effort and a near 1stRound victory, Carwin exits Sin City with not only his first professional blemish, but only a “whopping” $40K for co-starring in the biggest pay-per-view broadcast of 2010.

The total disclosed payroll for the entire fight card was $923,000.

Here are the official paydays for all the contestants that competed in the show (Courtesy of MMAMania):

Brock Lesnar – $400,000 (no win bonus) Defeated Shane Carwin – $40,000

Chris Leben – $86,000 ($43,000 to show, $43,000 to win) Defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama – $45,000

Stephan Bonnar – $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win) Defeated Krzsyztof Soszynski — $10,000

Chris Lytle – $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win) Defeated Matt Brown – $10,000

George Sotiropoulos – $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win) Defeated Kurt Pellegrino – $25,000

Brendan Schaub – $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win) Defeated Chris Tuchscherer – $12,000

Ricardo Romero – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win) Defeated Seth Petruzelli – $10,000

Kendall Grove – $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win) Defeated Goran Reljic – $5,000

Gerald Harris – $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win) Defeated David Branch – $6,000

Daniel Roberts – $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) Defeated Forrest Petz – $6,000

Jon Madsen – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win) Defeated Karlos Vemola – $8,000

Please keep in mind that these numbers indicate the fighter purses which are required to be reported to the NSAC. They DO NOT include pay-per-view bonuses, Fight Night bonuses, sponsorship dollars or other sources of income that fighters may receive. So, best believe Lesnar and Carwin (and Leben) aren’t leaving Las Vegas with just the numbers presented above.

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