UFC 181 fighter payouts for those athletes competing at the "Hendricks vs. Lawler 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend (Sat., Dec. 6, 2014) from inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Not surprisingly, Robbie Lawler topped the payday way with a crisp $220,000 payout, to go along nicely with his 170-pounds of gold. Nipping at his "Ruthless" heels were lightweight kingpin Anthony Pettis and former division No. 1 contender Gilbert Melendez, who both banked $200k for their respective efforts in "Sin City."
That's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 181 payouts and salaries:
Robbie Lawler: $220,000 ($110,000 to show, $110,000 to win)
Johny Hendricks: $150,000
Lawler def. Hendricks via split decision
Anthony Pettis: $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Gilbert Melendez: $200,000
Pettis def. Melendez via submission
Travis Browne: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Brendan Schaub: $32,000
Browne def. Schaub via technical knockout
Todd Duffee: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Anthony Hamilton: $10,000
Duffee def. Hamilton via knockout
Tony Ferguson: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Abel Trujillo: $14,000
Ferguson def. Trujillo via submission
Urijah Faber: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Francisco Rivera: $20,000
Faber def. Rivera via submission
Josh Samman: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Eddie Gordon: $15,000
Samman def. Gordon via knockout
Corey Anderson: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Justin Jones: $8,000
Anderson def. Jones via unanimous decision
Raquel Pennington: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Ashlee Evans-Smith: $8,000
Pennington def. Evans-Smith via submission
Sergio Pettis: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Matt Hobar: $10,000
Pettis def. Hobar via unanimous decision
Clay Collard: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Alex White: $10,000
Collard def. White via unanimous decision
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 181 was $1,317,000.
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 promotion often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonuses. To check out these figures for "Hendricks vs. Lawler 2" click here.
For complete UFC 181 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.