UFC 141 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Lesnar vs. Overeem" pay-per-view (PPV) this past Friday night (Dec. 30, 2011) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, were recently released to MMAmania.com by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Brock Lesnar, who was returning after a 14-month layoff because of surgery to correct an intestinal disorder, unsurprisingly led the UFC 141 payout pack with a cool $400,000. His opponent, Alistair Overeem -- who won the main event fight via first round technical knockout, which also sent Lesnar into MMA retirement -- wasn't far behind, collecting nearly $386,000 in his Octagon debut.
Dong Hyun Kim, who was buried on the undercard, was next in line, taking $82,000 back to South Korea for his dominant performance over Sean Pierson. Nate Diaz ($74,000) and Jon Fitch ($60,000) rounded out the top five breadwinners.
Here is the updated list of UFC 141 salaries and payouts:
Alistair Overeem -- $385,714.28 (264,285.71 to show, 121,428.57 to win)*
Brock Lesnar -- $400,000
Overeem defeated Lesnar via technical knockout in round one
Nate Diaz -- $74,000 ($37,000 to show, $37,000 to win)Johny Hendricks -- $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Donald Cerrone -- $30,000
Diaz defeated Cerrone via unanimous decision
Jon Fitch -- $60,000
Hendricks defeated Fitch via knockout in round one
Alexander Gustafsson -- $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Vladimir Matyushenko -- $40,000
Gustafsson defeated Matyushenko via technical knockout in round one
Jim Hettes -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Nam Phan -- $8,000
Hettes defeated Phan via unanimous decision
Ross Pearson -- $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Junior Assuncao -- $8,000
Pearson defeated Assuncao via unanimous decision
Danny Castillo -- $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 to win)
Anthony Njokuani -- $12,000
Castillo defeated Njokuani via split decision
Dong Hyun Kim -- $82,000 ($41,000 to show, $41,000 to win)
Sean Pierson -- $8,000
Kim defeated Pierson via unanimous decision
Jacob Volkmann -- $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Efrain Escudero -- $10,000
Volkmann defeated Escudero via unanimous decision
Diego Nunes -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Manny Gamburyan -- $18,000
Nunes defeated Gamburyan via unanimous decision
Matt Riddle -- $30,000**
Luis Ramos -- $12,000**
*Overeem was expected to have his purse withheld because of a lawsuit filed by his former management company, but received it anyway. Full details for which can be found here and here.
**The Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos fight was cancelled due to illness, but both fighters, according to this report, still received their "show" and "win" money. Details on that here. Holiday spirit FTW.
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" was $1,369,714.28.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as PPV bonuses, among others. 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 141 click here.
For complete UFC 141 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.