UFC 121 fighter salaries and paydays for 'Lesnar vs Velasquez'

The official fighter purses for those who competed at UFC 121: "Lesnar vs. Velasquez" this past Saturday night (Oct. 23) from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., were released earlier today by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

Main event participants, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar ($400,000) and newly crowned division champion Cain Velasquez ($200,000), accounted for nearly half of the $1.5 million disclosed payroll.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz came in second to Lesnar, earning $250,000 in defeat to former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) student Matt Hamill ($58,000). Also hitting the six-figure mark was Diego Sanchez, who banked $100,000 for toppling Brazilian supercop Paulo Thiago ($18,000).

Here is the complete list of UFC 121 payouts:

Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Brock Lesnar: $400,000
Cain Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar via TKO (Strikes) Round 1

Jake Shields: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus)
Martin Kampmann: $27,000
Jake Shields defeated Martin Kampmann via Split Decision

Diego Sanchez: $100,000 ($50,000 win bonus)
Paulo Thiago: $18,000
Diego Sanchez defeated Paulo Thiago via Unanimous Decision

Matt Hamill: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus)
Tito Ortiz: $250,000
Matt Hamill defeated Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision

Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
Brendan Schaub defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via Unanimous Decision

Court McGee: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
Ryan Jensen: $10,000
Court McGee defeated Ryan Jensen via submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 3

Tom Lawlor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $21,000
Tom Lawlor defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision

Daniel Roberts: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Mike Guymon: $8,000
Daniel Roberts defeated Mike Guymon via Submission (Anaconda Choke) Round 1

Sam Stout: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
Paul Taylor: $16,000
Sam Stout defeated Paul Taylor via Split Decision

Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Dongi Yang: $8,000
Chris Camozzi defeated Dongi Yang via Split Decision

Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Yvel: $30,000
Jon Madsen defeated Gilbert Yvel via TKO (Strikes) Round 1

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 121 go here.

The total base fighter payroll for the blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event, which attracted an official crowd of 14,856 attendees and a boku gate of $2.2 million, was $1.513 million.

For complete UFC 121 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.

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