Nick Diaz Wins Big Again

Written by Tom Ngo
October 31st, 2011

UFC Nick Diaz

How many brand new Hondas can one buy with $275,000? That’s a question Nick Diaz (Pictured) now has the luxury of pondering.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the salaries for all of the athletes that competed in this past Saturday’s UFC 137 extravaganza inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Diaz was the card’s biggest winner, not only because he leapfrogged into a welterweight title fight against champ Georges St-Pierre and earned an extra $75k for ‘Fight of the Night‘ honors, but he also pocketed a flat $200,000 salary in his return to the big leagues.

BJ Penn pulled in $150,000 for his unanimous decision loss to Diaz, as well as $75,000 for his efforts in ‘Fight of the Night.’

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 insurance, 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, secret somethin’ somethin’ handshakes, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

Here are the official paydays for UFC 137:

Preliminary Bouts:

Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Jacoby: $6,000

Francis Carmont: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Camozzi: $8,000

Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Downes: $5,000

Brandon Vera: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Eliot Marshall: $15,000

Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Tyson Griffin: $34,000*

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

Main Bouts:

Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. George Roop: $8,000

Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
def. Jeff Curran: $8,000

Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: $75,000

Cheick Kongo: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Mitrione: $10,000

Nick Diaz: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. BJ Penn: $150,000

* Griffin was scheduled to earn $34,000, while Palaszewski was slated to make $10,000. However, Griffin missed weight and was docked 25 percent ($8,500) of his show purse, which was added to Palaszewski’s wallet.

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