“UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz” took place this past Saturday from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event was a stacked affair that put two of the most popular fighters in MMA against each other for a welterweight showdown that was nothing short of spectacular.
In one of the best and most technical MMA fights in history, Nick Diaz returned to the UFC in emphatic fashion to best multiple time champion, BJ Penn.
For his efforts Diaz also took home the highest disclosed payroll at $200,000.00. Penn came in with the second highest salary of the evening with $150,000, Kongo was slightly behind him at $140,000 and preliminary card fighter, Brandon Vera took home a disclosed amount of $120,000.00.
With 22 fighters on the evening’s card the total disclosed payroll for UFC 137 was $1,026,000. This number does not include sponsorship income, locker room bonuses or pay-per-view incentives.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission emailed BJPENN.COM to the total list of disclosed purses for UFC 137 and they are as follows:
Nick Diaz: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Cheick Kongo: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Mitrione: $10,000
Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: $75,000
Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
def. Jeff Curran: $8,000
Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. George Roop: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Dennis Siver: $27,000
Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 (includes $10,000 win bonus)*
def. Tyson Griffin: $25,500*
Brandon Vera: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Eliot Marshall: $15,000
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Downes: $5,000
Francis Carmont: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Camozzi: $8,000
Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Jacoby: $6,000
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