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Nick Diaz tops list of UFC 143 salaries with $200,000 take

For someone who has preached the importance of money as much as Nick Diaz it appears the Stockton scrapper may want to reconsider his implied retirement from MMA for financial reasons rather than any competitive desire.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the list of UFC 143 salaries today where Diaz out-earned the rest of his peers by a fairly significant margin even though he lost his fight. According to NSAC figure, Diaz was paid $200,000 for his headlining spot against newly named interim champion Carlos Condit, who also cracked the six-figure mark with an $110,000 paycheck for his performance.

Other fighters fattening their bank accounts with notable salaries included Josh Koscheck ($146,000) and Fabricio Werdum ($100,000). On the opposite end of the spectrum, somewhat surprisingly, Roy Nelson only made $20,000 in defeat, the same as Mike Pierce and a little less than Scott Jorgensen, indicating he is likely still on his original TUF contract despite it being two years old.

Here is a complete list of pay for UFC 143 including event specific bonuses where required:

Stephen Thompson: $77,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) def. Dan Stittgen: $5,000
Rafael Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000
Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Henry Martinez: $6,000
Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Chris Cope: $8,000
Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000
Dustin Poirier: $89,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus) def. Max Holloway: $6,000
Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000
Renan Barao: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500
Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pierce: $20,000
Fabricio Werdum: $165,000 (no win bonus, includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $85,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nick Diaz: $200,000


  • Rece Rock says:

    Fuck you and your beat up Honda Nick… best of luck in your mma retirement.

  • Lord Faust says:

    That is a little crazy that Ed Herman makes 40k more base pay than Nelson. Yeah yeah, I know this is just the AC disclosures, but man it that jarring!

  • MCM says:

    Herman makes 11k base more than Nelson. But that will change, if the UFC renews Nelsons contract as this was the last of his 6 TUF fight contract.

    I can’t believe Poirier is still on a 6k contract.

  • Poirier will make big money when he contiinues to move up the ranks….hes still bad ass hell, but ready for Jose….eh not just yet.

  • Lord Faust says:

    MCM – sorry, bad math as Herman won whereas Nelson did not.

    I’m assuming Poirer got a big fat cheque in the locker room. He better have.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Roy Nelson is 3-3 in the UFC. He has lost to every relevant fighter he has faced. He will be lucky to have his contract renewed. Drop him and let him try and avenge his losses to Monson and Arlovski. Cant believe that those that say Fedor has blown his chances and shouldnt be in the UFC are suggesting Nelson deserves a pay rise. He is a fat b grade fighter, the new tank abbot. Cant beliebe they pay a guy who isnt even willing to get in shape 85,000 to get his head smashed in by a guy whos weak point is his stand up, pathetic.
    Makes me laugh also that those that said Diaz was shit and couldnt beat any UFC top WW fighter are so pleased and are letting the hate flow. Funny thing is that prolly the 2nd best WW in the UFC had to run to win. Diaz is clearly a top 5 WW.
    I really hope Diaz doesnt move to boxing and stays on. Kampman, Sanchez, Kos, GSP, Alves or a rematch with Condit would be good.


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