Following a blockbuster week of three consecutive events on three consecutive nights to open July, the UFC closed out the month with another champion losing his belt.
Robbie Lawler has been through five five-round wars in his eight most recent UFC bouts, but his UFC 201 headlining bout wasn’t one of them.
Instead of going to war with Tyron Woodley, Lawler was the victim of a sneak attack. Woodley took out the champ in 2:12 of the first round, knocking Lawler out for only the second time in his career.
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Woodley walked away with the belt and a $340,000 payday, but Lawler, even in defeat, stood atop the disclosed UFC 201 fighter payroll with a half-million-dollar payout.
The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission released the fighter salaries on Monday.
UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley took place on Saturday, July 30, at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley Fighter Salaries
- Tyron Woodley: $340,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Robbie Lawler: $500,000
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Rose Namajunas: $46,000
- Jake Ellenberger: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus) def. Matt Brown: $73,000
- Erik Perez: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Francisco Rivera: $23,000
- Ryan Benoit: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Fredy Serrano: $12,000
- Nikita Krylov: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Ed Herman: $51,000
- Jorge Masvidal: $114,000 (includes $57,000 win bonus) def. Ross Pearson: $54,000
- Anthony Hamilton: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Damian Grabowski: $18,000
- Wilson Reis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Hector Sandoval: $12,000
- Michael Graves: $12,000 vs. Bojan Velickovic: $14,000 (the fight was a majority draw)
- Damien Brown: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Cesar Arzamendia: $10,000
UFC 201 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,691,000