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UFC 121 salaries peppered with six-figure payouts

The notion of “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” being one of the company’s biggest cards in promotional history was supported on Tuesday afternoon when financial information for the event became available and featured five fighters with more than six-figures of take-home salary for their efforts in Anaheim. News of the payouts was released by the California State Athletic Commission.

As expected, topping the list was former UFC heavyweight title-holder Brock Lesnar who earned $400,000 – or approximately one-hundred grand per minute – for his losing performance against Cain Velasquez. Comparably, the new champion netted $270,000 along with the divisional belt, including $100,000 for winning plus $70,000 for “Knockout of the Night”.

Rounding out the evening’s top earners was a trio of individuals who went the distance in their respective bouts – Tito Ortiz, Diego Sanchez, and newcomer Jake Shields. Ortiz was paid a quarter-of-a-million dollars for his unanimous decision loss to Matt Hamill, while Shields made $150,000 for his closely-contested victory over Martin Kampmann and Sanchez $170,000 for beating Paulo Thiago in the event’s “Fight of the Night”.

Here is a complete rundown of UFC 121 salary information:

Cain Velasquez – $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Brock Lesnar – $400,000
Jake Shields – $150,000 def. Martin Kampmann – $27,000
Diego Sanchez – $170,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Paulo Thiago – $88,000 (includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Matt Hamill – $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus) def. Tito Ortiz – $250,000
Brendan Schaub – $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga – $67,000
Court McGee – $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Jensen – $10,000
Tom Lawlor – $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Patrick Cote – $21,000
Daniel Roberts – 86,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Mike Guymon – $8,000
Sam Stout – $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Paul Taylor – $16,000
Chris Camozzi – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Dongi Yang – $8,000
John Madsen – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Yvel – $30,000


  • joe mo mma says:

    Shields and Kampmann were pretty much equals that night.. Shields had awesome ground game, but Kampmann did a great job nullifying most of Shields’ offense. Like Rogan said, if Kampmann stood up at the final round and was more offensive, he might have taken that fight. Anyways.. I just find it amazing that Shields makes more than 5x more than Kampmann.. and they’re pretty much equals in skill.

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  • MCM says:

    I love the Fight Night Bonuses. It’s a shame all promotions don’t do them. Look at a guy like Daniel Roberts, only guaranteed 8K but by putting on a show he goes home with almost 11x that amount.

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  • Madmax says:

    Cant believe the washed up TO gets 250,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For what????He hasnt won a fight in 4 years. Dana must be totally out of his freakin mind to pay this clown like a champion, which he hasnt been since 2002. What a waste of good money that could be paid to GOOD fighters, not a used up, afterthought of a fighter like Ortiz………..Shameful.

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  • boomnutz says:

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  • k-class says:

    Still we speak about wages after all these years??? Nobody knows what each fighter really gets, and yes, Tito deserved what he got, this guy, for better or worse has been another like the gracies, chuck, Hughes, couture that have brought this sport to the forefront of combat sports worldwide!!! I like Tito!! And Simon Cowell!!

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  • redwire says:

    It’s funny that boomnutz says that Tito is a polarizing personality. I agree with that because I personally have love/hate thoughts about the guy.

    Watch him talking about an opponent, even a guy who he apparently loves like Hamil, or listen to him post-fight after a loss, and your only thought can be to wish for a stage light to fall directly on his head, crushing his giant skull. Watch him as a coach on TUF, and he’s the absolute best coach anyone could hope for. Can’t help but love and respect the guy. If someone only saw him on TUF, I think they’d end up being huge fans of Tito. Somewhere in the middle is probably the real Tito.

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  • Madmax says:

    I agree that TO was a great coach and mentor the first time on TUF. However, his 2nd stint on TUF he was too preoccupied with finding a way to chicken out of the fight with Liddell. The Hamill fight should have been against Chuck, but Ortiz flat didnt have the balls to face him. Perhaps coaching is what he should focus on now. A HUGE draw??, how long can that last with TO losing fight after fight. I lost my respect for TO after he wimped on Liddell. Respect that TO EARNED, from me at least, for his coaching on his FIRST time on TUF.

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