MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has received the fighter payouts for UFC Fight Night 15: "Diaz vs Neer" from the Nebraska State Athletic Commission for the Spike TV event held on September 17 from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha.
And Nate Diaz was the big winner of the evening, pocketing a $40,000 base salary for his stirring three-round split decision over Josh Neer.
The other top two earners on the card, Wilson Gouveia ($36,000) and Alessio Sakara ($34,000) both competed on the nontelevised portion of the broadcast.
However, it's interesting to note that Diaz, Gouveia and Sakara all earned bonuses after the event for their impressive performances.
Here are all the UFC Fight Night 15 payouts:
Nate Diaz — $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Josh Neer — $9,000
Diaz defeated Neer via split decision
Clay Guida — $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Mac Danzig — $15,000
Guida defeated Danzig via unanimous decision
Alan Belcher — $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Ed Herman — $16,000
Belcher defeated Herman via split decision
Eric Schafer — $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Houston Alexander — $13,000
Schafer defeated Alexander via submission (arm triangle choke) in round one
Alessio Sakara — $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Joe Vedepo — $3,000
Sakara defeated Vedepo via knockout (head kick) in round one
Wilson Gouveia — $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Ryan Jensen — $4,000
Gouveia defeated Jensen via submission (armbar) in round two
Joe Lauzon — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Kyle Bradley — $4,000
Lauzon defeated Bradley via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Jason Brilz — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Brad Morris — $4,000
Brilz defeated Morris via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Mike Massenzio — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Drew McFedries — $16,000
Massenzio defeated McFedries via submission (kimura) in round one
Dan Miller — $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Rob Kimmons — $5,000
Miller defeated Kimmons via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
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 Fight Night 15 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the Spike TV special was $305,000.