In what should come as no surprise, Brock Lesnar was the highest paid fighter during last weekend’s UFC 116 event from Las Vegas with a reported $400,000 paycheck for his efforts. In what should come as a minor surprise to many, his opponent Shane Carwin picked up $40,000 for his troubles, which means Lesnar was paid ten-times the amount Carwin was for his appearance in the main event of the evening.
Also among the highest paid athletes to compete at UFC 1116 were Chris Leben ($86,000), who also picked up a hefty “Fight of the Night” bonus check for his third round triangle submission of Yoshihiro Akiyama in a back-and-forth war between middleweights, and Chris Lytle ($52,000) who submitted Matt Brown with a nasty reverse triangle/straight armlock in a welterweight battle.
A full list of the disclosed fighter salaries for UFC 116 is below:
Brock Lesnar: $400,000 (no win bonus) def. Shane Carwin: $40,000
Chris Leben: $86,000 ($43,000 win bonus) def. Yoshihiro Akiyama: $45,000
Chris Lytle: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus) def. Matt Brown: $10,000
Stephan Bonnar: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Krzysztof Soszynski: $10,000
George Sotiropoulos: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Kurt Pellegrino: $25,000
Brendan Schuab: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Chris Tuchscherer: $12,000
Ricardo Romero: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Seth Petruzelli: $10,000
Kendall Grove: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Goran Reljic: $5,000
Gerald Harris: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. David Branch: $6,000
Daniel Roberts: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Forrest Petz: $6,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Karlos Vemola: $8,000