Love him or hate him, it can rarely be said Nick Diaz doesn’t entertain the fans in some way with overall style and colorful antics. Those qualities were both put on display last Saturday night in the main event at UFC 137 and, perhaps rightfully so, it turns out Stockton’s favorite son earned the event’s highest salary with $200,000 (not to mention an addition $75,000 for his role in the show’s “Fight of the Night”).
Diaz’s opponent, iconic former champion B.J. Penn made $150,000 for his efforts as well as the extra $75k.
Both sums were listed in an official release from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Other fighters taking home six-figure paydays included Cheick Kongo who earned a shockingly high $140,000 for beating Matt Mitrione, Donald Cerrone who more-than doubling his contracted pay with a “Submission of the Night” bonus, Bart Palaszewski whose total was helped by not only “Knockout of the Night” honors but a fine related to adversary Tyson Griffin’s inability to make weight, and Brandon Vera with $120,000 in a job-saving outpointing of Eliot Marshall.
Here is the complete list of UFC 137 salary information including event-specific bonuses:
Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Jacoby: $6,000
Francis Carmont: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Chris Camozzi: $8,000
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Danny Downes: $4,000
Brandon Vera: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Eliot Marshall: $15,000
Bart Palaszewski: $103,500 (includes $10,000 win bonus, $8,500 fine, and $75,000 KotN bonus) def. Tyson Griffin: $25,500 ($8,500 subtracted for missing weight)
Donald Cerrone: $129,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus, $75,000 SotN bonus) def. Dennis Siver: $27,000
Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. George Roop: $8,000
Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus) def. Jeff Curran: $8,000
Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Mirko Filipovic: $75,000
Cheick Kongo: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Matt Mitrione: $10,000
Nick Diaz: $275,000 (includes $75,000 FotN bonus, no win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $225,000 (includes $75,000 FotN bonus)