The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the info on fighter salaries for UFC 137 this morning. Nick Diaz was the top earner at the event, making $200,000. Nick's opponent B.J. Penn came in next at $150,000, while Cheick Kongo and Brandon Vera both collected healthy six-figure paydays as well. Here's the rundown of the whole card:
Nick Diaz: $200,000 (no win bonus)
B.J. Penn: $150,000
Cheick Kongo: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Matt Mitrione: $10,000
Brandon Vera: $120,000 ($60,000 win bonus)
Eliot Marshall: $15,000
This doesn't include the performance bonuses that were handed out after the card, in which Diaz and Penn won an additional 75k each for fight of the night, Donald Cerrone won 75k for submission of the night, and Bart Palaszewski won 75k for knockout of the night. Obviously these numbers don't include any other discretionary bonuses handed out by the promotion either.