MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has received the fighter payouts for UFC 81: "Breaking Point" from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the pay-per-view (PPV) event held on February 2 at The Mandalay Bat Events Center in Las Vegas.
No surprise, Brock Lesnar was the top earner of the night, raking in a quarter-million dollars for his 90-second submission loss to Frank Mir. He could have pocketed another $200,000 with a win in his Octagon debut.
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira took home a nice chuck of change ($200,000) for his stoppage of Tim Sylvia, and Nate Marquardt didn't make out too bad, either, with his convincing win over Jeremy Horn.
Here are all the UFC 81 payouts:
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira — $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Tim Sylvia — $100,000
Nogueira defeated Sylvia via submission (guillotine choke) in round three
Frank Mir — $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 to win)
Brock Lesnar — $250,000
Mir defeated Lesnar via submission (kneebar) in round one
Nate Marquardt — $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Jeremy Horn — $25,000
Marquardt defeated Horn via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
Ricardo Almeida — $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Rob Yundt — $5,000
Almeida defeated Yundt via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Tyson Griffin — $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Gleison Tibau — $11,000
Griffin defeated Tibau via unanimous decision
Chris Lytle — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Kyle Bradley — $4,000
Lytle defeated Bradley via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Tim Boetsch — $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
David Heath — $6,000
Boetsch defeated Heath via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Marvin Eastman— $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Terry Martin — $12,000
Eastman defeated Martin via unanimous decision
Rob Emerson — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Keita Nakamura — $5,000
Emerson defeated Nakamura via split decision
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the UFC often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night." To check out these figures for UFC 81 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for UFC 81 was $892,000.