Even in Losing, Nick Diaz Sits Atop the UFC 143 Fighter Salaries

February 6, 2012
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The UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit fighter salaries were released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday.

The main event at Saturday’s event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas featured Carlos Condit winning a unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz, capturing the interim UFC welterweight championship in the process.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.

Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit Fighter Salaries

Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Diaz: $200,000 (flat rate, no win bonus contracted)

Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 (flat rate, no win bonus contracted)
def. Roy Nelson: $20,000

Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Pierce: $20,000

Renan Barão: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500

Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Clifford Starks: $8,000

Dustin Poirier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Max Hollaway: $6,000

Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Caceres: $8,000

Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Cope: $8,000

Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Martinez: $6,000

Rafael “Sapo” Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000

Stephen Thompson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Stittgen: $6,000

UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $880,500

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  • shereko

    Yeah go ahead Diaz, go and retire, where is your non-educated ass going to make that type of money besides UFC? Next time be thankful you got a job and just say a ultra cliche remark like “I wasn’t able to fight my fight, and I didn’t get the victory tonight, I’ll train harder and fight better next time” … I think way more would have respect for him.

    • jtmma

      Ever heard of boxing?

      • Lesnardo

        Nick Diaz cannot make money in boxing. The top/bottom fighter payout disparity in boxing is greater than the UFC.

        Boxers and MMA fighters are bred differently.

        I highly doubt Diaz, while a good boxer in MMA standard, would even be considered a contender for WBC/WBA or even IBF title.

        And yes. Guys like Nick Diaz don’t have much to do outside of MMA. MMA coaching would be the best thing. But with fighters like Randy, Wanderlei, and Nog (real accomplished legends) opening up gyms, I doubt Diaz could open something other than a local karate dojo for K~12.

        • TKD

          I’d love to see Diaz go pro in boxing. He will look a lot like Toney when he tried to fight Couture in MMA. The cross over is not as easy as these guys think.

          • RonnieV

            Diaz trains with Andre Ward, the WBC/WBA Middleweight champ. KJ Noons is also a pro boxer, and his fight with Diaz was pretty much just a boxing match, that Diaz dominated.

        • davestiles

          Nick Diaz trains with pro boxers and yes he hangs taking out Paul daily , Marius Zaromskis etc all strikers K-1 type fighter took them out with strikes. Please Lesnardo you dont know shit son stick to your WWE bullshit. War Diaz !!!!

          • Lesnardo

            “trains with” and “hangs..out”..yes..therefore he can be a pro boxer.

            Lesnar..”trains with” and “hangs out with” Pat Barry..so he should be a kickboxer too.

            Nice logic.

      • shereko

        No…. please tell me what is this “boxing” thing you speak of? Is that the game where they get paid on Friday night fights approx 200 for a fight on ESPN that Lorenzo was talking about a few weeks ago? Or is this the boxing of your clown in your moms basement over pics of the Diaz brothers?

    • Graciegirl4ever

      Who the **** are you to criticize Nick? Shut the **** up. You don’t know him,if you don’t like him don’t pay to watch him fight.Pay to watch someone run away for an entire fight and win. It’s bs! Diaz won that fight and last week Bisping won his fight over Sonnen.I love Sonnen but the judges don’t know how to judge an MMA fight,there boxing judges, Dana must do something about it.

      • RubeKegal

        Hey Gracieskank, Diaz lost, get over it!

  • Jmoney

    diaz is a beast retired or not..lol
    he’s no ones bitch.. dont let money or fame change him… he’s no actor and as real as they come. got nothin but respect for him.

    • Lesnardo

      Diaz is a good fighter. And ever since he left the UFC a few years ago, he has been solid. Except for the KJ Noons upset, he has beaten solid fighters.

      But that statement about “no ones bitch” makes no sense. In fact, the gimmick Diaz is trying to play is exactly the “I am no ones bitch” role.

    • TKD

      Sounds like someone is in love…

      • TKD

        My comment was for Jmoney. Diaz is the UFC’s bitch.

    • Graciegirl4ever

      right on!

  • I think they’re going to do a rematch.

  • bajafox

    I’m hoping for a rematch Short_Bus, hopefully Diaz will just submit him in the first and get it over with this time.

  • julianmoran

    BS article.

    Diaz trained and fought hard, he well deserved his money.. Especially considering he won the fight.

    round 1 Diaz
    round 2 Diaz
    round 3 close, but I give it to Diaz
    round 4 Condit all day
    round 5 close, but I give it to Condit.

    Diaz won that fight.

    • “BS article.” ?????

      How are the facts BS? LOL

      • MikeMc1983

        I caught that as well. I started laughing. It’s so bs when you just tell us numbers, with no opinion. 😉

        • My opinion is this: I wish my base salary was 200 Gs … plus sponsorships, plus PPV, plus…. LOL.

          Of course, I’m not wiling to work out that hard and get punched in the face for it… so I’ll just shut up now.

  • Jmoney

    diaz still made his money… says and does what he wants .. and i still think he won the fight.

  • BlackWolf_8

    “i’m not getting pay” my ass ur not getting pay.

    • bajafox

      After the right he said he was getting paid too much to be chasing people around

  • samflchr

    Who gives a **** about a rematch he lost can’t change what happen nobody else would complain but him only reason Dana wants rematch is maybe he will get lucky and win it’s about money so he will fight Gsp not going to happen so he needs to make that 200k last if he plans on retiring

  • MikeMc1983

    I believe Diaz is one of the guys who gets a ppv share as well. Not sure what the but numbers are, but that’s probably another $500k going his way.

  • RonnieV

    In the press conference prior to the fight, someone mentioned that Nick would make nearly a $million for the fight. He didn’t respond to the question. But that makes sense if he does get PPV share. For every Diaz hater, there is a Diaz fan, and Nick is a big sell for the UFC.

    • TKD

      RonnieV: You know I am no Diaz fan. But I would have ordered the GSP-Diaz fight. I won’t pay a dime to see GSP-Condit fight. I can already tell you how that will end. GSP will beat Condit fairly easily.

  • shaman

    Condit is BITCH MADE

    No one is scared of that guy. A soccer player with good cardio could be UFC interim champ and chances are Condit walks around feeling like a giant douche (although he’ll probably only tell his wife about it)

    I take it all you homosexuals who fail to recognize this really need to call up Kalib Starnes and apologize for not appreciating his ‘tactical genius’

    If “being a pu$$y” is such a clever tactic (like no one ever considered the ‘running away’ technique) then pay your respect to the godfather of hit-n-run. Once all UFC fighters utilize the ‘pu$$y technique’ Starnes needs to go down in the hall of fame

    ’nuff said

    • TKD

      You sound very educated. Carry on…

  • shaman

    Furthermore, I feel that any grown man willing to hug the nuts of a “fighter” who really doesn’t fight are simply BITCH MADE little pu$$ies in their personal lives and stick up for Condit in some vicarious self-defense mechanism to protect inner softness

    • shakejunt

      Who says “nuff said” and then proceeds to post another comment 5 minutes later?

      • TKD

        “Who says “nuff said” and then proceeds to post another comment 5 minutes later?”

        I swear I almost wet my pants after reading that! Way too damn funny!!!!!

    • RubeKegal

      shaman, you are a bitch, and i would own your ass in a fight

  • kwite11

    Well said SHAMAN it’s funny how the earlier comments talked about nick Diaz being a thug and if he retires he will work at Mcdonalds. But NIck Diaz has accomplished probably what everybody on this website wants to accomplish! Instead of being spectators and hiding behind the computer talking sh$t take a page from what nick has gone through and what he has accomplished!!!!! Stupid pr$cks!!!! I bet you motherf$&ckers wouldn’t say that to nicks face, cuz his THUG ass would whoop your asses! Nick came to fight not run around like some girl like condit did! To be the champ you have to go in there and put it all on the line if not this isn’t the sport for you it is called Ultimate Fighting!!!!! Hate him or not you guys still pay to watch him fight!!!!!! War Diaz and to all you bit$hes that try to play it safe go find some nuts!

    • TKD

      kwite11: Are you feeling ok? Did someone offend your boyfriend, Nick?

  • samflchr

    Who cares about what diaz has done in this sport anybody can say what they want that’s why there’s a comment box and condit has done more then Diaz in this sport and held two titles and face better oponents you can cry all you want but the fights over move on maybe he will fight some idiot who just stands in front of him but it’s not going to be for a title so get on his brothers nuts maybe he’ll win

  • soboc1

    Diaz fans cry just as much as he does, lol. He needs to grow up already. Dude acts like a rebellious teen who cries when he doesnt get his way. Theres no humbling a punk like that, cause even when he gets his punk ass beat, he still thinks he won. I wouldnt care if I never saw that douche bag fight again. Take the loss as a lesson learned and move on, many others have done it without the tantrum and made it back to the top. If all else fails he can always try reality tv. Bad girls Club loves drama queens, lmao.

  • RonnieV

    I find it comical that at the beginning of every UFC event they go over the judging rules, and their criteria. They say the same four things every time.
    1)Effective Striking
    4).Ring Control

    I’ll give Condit the first one, but Diaz did land more strikes in three rounds. Grappling obviously went to Diaz, even though there was very little. Aggression & Ring Control nobody can deny Diaz. Condit fought a great fight, but he didn’t win based on the UFC’s judging criteria. I’ve picked this fight apart round-by-round. It should have been scored 48/47, and it’s a toss-up for who won.
    This fight screams for a rematch!

    • RubeKegal

      There goes little Wonnie again crying wolf.

  • tomfinan

    Oh for heavens sake. Condit out struck Diaz with the hands close to 3 to 2 and kicked him at more than 5 to 1.
    Make up stats to make your point?

  • shereko

    I am finding new respect for Nick Diaz, I’m noticing that being able to fight as well as he does with so many sucking on his balls that he should be at a distinct disadvantage yet he still does pretty well.

    Also, I’m not sure anyone cares on this post what the scores were for the rounds or what your perspective was on the fight but the headline reads “Even in Losing, Nick Diaz Sits Atop the UFC 143 Fighter Salaries”… so if you want to figure out the scoring find a different article.

    I respect RonnieV’s opinion, he usually posts stating facts and backs it up pretty well. But, most of these other Diaz nut huggers I think are proud that they can’t spell, I just think the guy wasn’t a professional when he fought Joe Riggs in a hospital after their fight, or when the old brawl on CBS with Mayhem, or when he beat his own quoted “friend” in BJ Penn in victory, and he was a whiner in losing to Condit, whether you like it or not thats what the judges picked… there has been many when you leave to the judges. What I’m saying is, if you don’t fight as a professional and act like one, then the sport won’t ever go more mainstream. So his wore out “Stone Cold Steve Austin” schtick is played out. I could care less if he won or Condit, show up for press conferences and he’s a douche bag, not as big of one as no brain clown Shaman but, still really who is.

    • ToxicDLA

      Respect to shereko’s post. While most people on here are arguing the judges decision, my concern is why is Diaz’s base pay nearly 4 times that of Condit’s? And why does Josh Koscheck, would barely eeked out a decision get a $73,000 win bonus and Dustin Poirier, would finished with a super slick submission transition, only got $12,000? I know their name status has a lot to do with it, but come on.

      • RonnieV

        Contracts my friend!

    • RonnieV

      Thanks buddy, I respect everybody’s opinion that doesn’t make outlandish punk comments (and they come from Diaz fans & haters). I have no problems with folks that think Condit won. The judging just made no sense, for either fighter.

      As far as the Riggs thing,I thought that was awesome. Who doesn’t love a hospital war? I just wish there was a Youtube video of it somewhere.

  • johnnybooker

    Wow…so much wisdom to digest here. I haven’t seen the fight yet, so I don’t have anything to add to that. But based on what I’m hearing about the fight, it was pretty similiar to the Hagler/Leonard fight in ’87. Depending on who you ask and who they liked, the reactions were much the same to this fight. My biology/footbal coach was a huge Hagler fan and he was pissed. He said Hagler was clearly the aggressor, clearly came at Leonard the whole fight and clearly landed the harder shots. I also was a Hagler fan, but my brother and I watched and scored the fight, and we came away feeling Leonard won, in spite of all the dancing and mind games.

    The pont it, whether it’s boxing or MMA, that style of a fight deeply divides the fan base, and if it’s your guy that lost, you’re usually emotionally disturbed about the outcome. I felt like that after Shogun/Machida 1…but Shogun fixed that in the 2nd fight. A rematch seems like a good idea for most fans…except Condit fans. It’s obvious White wants Diaz-GSP with a PASSION…and what fight fan doesn’t? If they rematch and Diaz loses, well, I don’t see how anyone could feel sorry for him after that.

    Personally, I like Diaz…until he opens his mouth. I’m sure irl he’s a good dude to a few close people, but it seems to me he and his brother had some serious issues growing up and they just don’t know how to act around people. I remember when his brother freaked out about being touched on the Ultimate Fighter series…makes me wonder if those two weren’t sexually abused. In which case, I’d feel sorry as hell for those two.

  • TKD

    Diaz lost. Diaz got paid.


    • shereko

      HAHAHAHHAAHAAA TKD… that rocks!

  • frank morello

    carlos the natural born runner!