UFC 137 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Penn vs. Diaz" pay-per-view event this past Saturday night (Oct. 29) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz was the top earner of the night, pocketing $200,000 for his main event win over Hawaiian "Prodigy" B.J. Penn, who collects $150,000 in defeat.
Second place went to heavyweight slugger Cheick Kongo. The Parisian wasn't exactly money in his win over Matt Mitrione, but he sure got paid like it, banking a staggering $140,000 for fifteen minutes of work.
"Meathead" leaves "Sin City" with just $10,000, which is $110,000 less than Brandon Vera got to defeat Eliot Marshall in the Facebook Prelims.
Here is the complete list of UFC 137 salaries and payouts:
The total disclosed payroll for the UFC 137 was $1,026,000.
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 137 go here.
For complete UFC 137 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.