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UFC 116 fighter salaries and paydays for 'Lesnar vs Carwin'


The official fighter purses for those who competed at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin" this past Saturday night (July 3) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

As expected, main event participant and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was the big earner of the night, banking $400,000 for his submission win over former Interim titlist Shane Carwin, who collected only 10% of Lesnar's purse at $40,000.

Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 contestant Chris Leben also had a big night (and a big month), pulling in a sexy $86,000 for his submission win over Yoshihiro Akiyama ($45,000). Not far behind him was fellow TUF 1 star Stephan Bonnar, who pocket $50,000 for stopping Krzsyztof Soszynski ($10,000) in their main card rematch.

Here is the complete list of UFC 116 payouts:

Brock Lesnar -- $400,000 (no win bonus)
Shane Carwin -- $40,000
Lesnar def. Carwin via submission (arm-triangle choke)

Chris Leben -- $86,000 ($43,000 to show, $43,000 to win)
Yoshihiro Akiyama -- $45,000
Leben def. Akiyama via submission (triangle choke)

Stephan Bonnar -- $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Krzsyztof Soszynski -- $10,000
Bonnar def. Soszynski via TKO (strikes)

Chris Lytle -- $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Matt Brown -- $10,000
Lytle def. Brown via submission (armbar)

George Sotiropoulos -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Kurt Pellegrino -- $25,000
Sotiropoulos def. Pellegrino via unanimous decision

Brendan Schaub -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Chris Tuchscherer -- $12,000
Schaub def. Tuchscherer via TKO (strikes)

Ricardo Romero -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Seth Petruzelli -- $10,000
Romero def. Petruzelli via submission (armbar)

Kendall Grove -- $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Goran Reljic -- $5,000
Grove def. Reljic via split decision

Gerald Harris -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
David Branch -- $6,000
Harris def. Branch via KO (slam)

Daniel Roberts -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Forrest Petz -- $6,000
Roberts def. Petz via split decision

Jon Madsen -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Karlos Vemola -- $8,000
Madsen def. Vemola via unanimous 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 116 go here.

For complete results and coverage of "Lesnar vs. Carwin" click here and here.

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