UFC 141 Fighter Salaries: Brock Tops List, but Calls It Quits After Loss to Overeem

Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday released the UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem fighter salaries.

The main event featured a heavyweight showdown between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem to determine the No. 1 contender to current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Overeem came out and crushed Lesnar in short order, earning the shot at dos Santos, and then Lesnar decided he’d had enough of the fight game and called it quits.

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.


Alistair Overeem: $385,714.28 (includes $121,428.57 win bonus)
def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000 (flat rate; no win bonus)

Nate Diaz: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
def. Donald Cerrone: $30,000

Johny Hendricks: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Fitch: $60,000

Alexander Gustafsson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Vladimir Matyushenko: $40,000

Jim Hettes: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Nam Phan: $8,000

Ross Pearson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Junior Assuncao: $8,000

Danny Castillo: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $12,000

Dong Hyun Kim: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Pierson: $8,000

Jacob Volkmann: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $10,000

Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle was cancelled

Diego Nunes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Manny Gamburyan: $18,000


(UPDATE on Jan. 3, 2012: Fitch’s salary initially included a typo that included a win bonus. As he lost, he of course did not receive a win bonus, which has been reflected in the article.)

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