For someone who has preached the importance of money as much as Nick Diaz it appears the Stockton scrapper may want to reconsider his implied retirement from MMA for financial reasons rather than any competitive desire.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the list of UFC 143 salaries today where Diaz out-earned the rest of his peers by a fairly significant margin even though he lost his fight. According to NSAC figure, Diaz was paid $200,000 for his headlining spot against newly named interim champion Carlos Condit, who also cracked the six-figure mark with an $110,000 paycheck for his performance.
Other fighters fattening their bank accounts with notable salaries included Josh Koscheck ($146,000) and Fabricio Werdum ($100,000). On the opposite end of the spectrum, somewhat surprisingly, Roy Nelson only made $20,000 in defeat, the same as Mike Pierce and a little less than Scott Jorgensen, indicating he is likely still on his original TUF contract despite it being two years old.
Here is a complete list of pay for UFC 143 including event specific bonuses where required:
Stephen Thompson: $77,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) def. Dan Stittgen: $5,000
Rafael Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000
Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Henry Martinez: $6,000
Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Chris Cope: $8,000
Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000
Dustin Poirier: $89,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus) def. Max Holloway: $6,000
Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000
Renan Barao: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500
Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pierce: $20,000
Fabricio Werdum: $165,000 (no win bonus, includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $85,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nick Diaz: $200,000
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