UFC 116: Fighter Salaries

As you might expect the man who’s currently the biggest draw in the sport, heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, was the big earner at Saturday night’s UFC 116 event at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.

Lesnar walked away with a flat fee of $400,000, and is known to also be taking home a percentage of the pay-per-view money.

His opponent Shane Carwin on the other hand only took home $40,000 and no cut of the PPV sales.  UFC president Dana White did however tell reporters that Carwin would be compensated with an additional ‘locker room bonus’.

Chris Leben was the next biggest earner, taking home $86,000 after stepping in at late notice to face Yoshihiro Akiyama who’s paycheck amounted to $45,000.

Chris Lytle ($52,000) and Stephan Bonnar ($50,000) were the other most significant earners on the card.

On the other end of the scale Goran Reljic earned just $5,000 for his loss in the preliminary card.

Note:  At the post-fight press conference Dana White said he was delighted with the way the fighters had performed and stated that a number of them would be going home with more money than just there standard base salary which is reported here.

Brock Lesnar: $400,000 (no win bonus)

Shane Carwin: $40,000

Chris Leben: $86,000 ($43,000 win bonus)

Yoshihiro Akiyama: $45,000

Chris Lytle: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus)

Matt Brown: $10,000

Stephan Bonnar: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)

Krzysztof Soszynski: $10,000

George Sotiropoulos: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)

Kurt Pellegrino: $25,000

Brendan Schuab: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)

Chris Tuchscherer: $12,000

Ricardo Romero: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)

Seth Petruzelli: $10,000

Kendall Grove: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)

Goran Reljic: $5,000

Gerald Harris: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)

David Branch: $6,000

Daniel Roberts: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)

Forrest Petz: $6,000

Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)

Karlos Vemola: $8,000


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