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UFC on FOX 17 payouts, salaries: Alistair Overeem breaks bank with $542,857 payday

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UFC on FOX 17 fighter payouts and salaries for the athletes who competed at the "Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone" FOX-televised event last Saturday (Dec. 19, 2015) inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., were released by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Leading the pack is Alistair Overeem, who banked a whopping $542,857 payday after knocking out Junior dos Santos in the second round of their co-main event showdown (see it). The Heavyweight fight was the last one on "The Reem's" contract, which means now that it's time to re-up, he could be in line for an even bigger payday in his next outing.

As for "Cigano," he took home $400,000 in defeat.

Lightweight champion Rafel dos Anjos also hit it big, walking away with a $300,000 check after knocking out Donald Cerrone in little more than one minute to retain his 155-pound title (video replay here).

Also, in one of the most head-scratching salaries in the sport, long-time Octagon veteran Nate Diaz -- who has 21 fights and eight years with the promotion -- only managed to walk away with a $40,000 payday ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win) after outclassing Michael Johnson.

Check out the rest of the payouts via MMA Fighting:

Main Card (FOX)
Rafael dos Anjos ($300,000 + no win bonus = $300,000) def. Donald Cerrone ($79,000)
Alistair Overeem ($342,857 + $200,000 = $542,857) def. Junior dos Santos ($400,000)
Nate Diaz ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Michael Johnson ($30,000)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz ($13,000 + $13,000 = $26,000) def. Randa Markos ($12,000)

"Prelims" Undercard (FOX Sports 1)
Charles Oliveira ($29,600* + $37,000 = $66,600) def. Myles Jury ($30,000)
Nate Marquardt ($49,000 + $49,000 = $98,000) def. C.B. Dollaway ($40,000)
Valentina Shevchenko ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Sarah Kaufman ($22,000)
Tamdan McCrory ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Josh Samman ($10,000)
Nik Lentz ($35,000 + $35,000 = $70,000) def. Danny Castillo ($39,000)
Cole Miller ($33,000) vs. Jim Alers ($10,000) ruled a no contest

"Prelims" Undercard (UFC Fight Pass)
Kamaru Usman ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Leon Edwards ($15,000)
Vicente Luque ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Hayder Hassan ($10,000)
Francis Ngannou ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Luiz Henrique ($10,000)

*Forfeited 20-percent of show purse for missing weight

The total disclosed payroll for UFC on FOX 17 was $1,949,457.

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. Also, the promotion hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonuses (full list here).


For complete results from UFC on FOX 17: "Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone," including play-by-play updates, click here.

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