UFC 141 Headliner Lesnar to Earn Event-High $400,000 Purse

By Mike Whitman Dec 30, 2011
Win or lose, Brock Lesnar will walk away from UFC 141 with the event’s largest paycheck.

The former UFC heavyweight champion will earn a flat rate of $400,000 for tonight’s heavyweight main event against Alistair Overeem, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday.

Meanwhile, Overeem will pocket $264,285.71 for entering the Octagon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stands to make an additional $121,428.57 if he walks away with a victory.

Co-main event competitor Donald Cerrone will be awarded $30,000 for showing up against Nate Diaz, who will earn $37,000 for scrapping with the “Cowboy.” Each man has the opportunity to double his fight purse if he leaves the cage a winner.

The figures reported by Sherdog.com do not reflect any potential post-fight bonuses, sponsor payouts or pay-per-view revenue that some fighters may earn. Likewise, no deductions in fighter salaries are accounted for, such as money withheld for taxes or licenses.

UFC 141 purse amounts (show money/win bonus)

Brock Lesnar: $400,000/no win bonus

Alistair Overeem: $264,285.71/$121,428.57

Donald Cerrone: $30,000/$30,000

Nate Diaz: $37,000/$37,000

Johny Hendricks: $26,000/$26,000

Jon Fitch: $60,000/$60,000

Alexander Gustafsson: $16,000/$16,000

Vladimir Matyushenko: $40,000/$40,000

Jim Hettes: $8,000/$8,000

Nam Phan: $8,000/$8,000

Junior Assuncao: $8,000/$8,000

Ross Pearson: $20,000/$20,000

Danny Castillo: $19,000/$19,000

Anthony Njokuani: $12,000/$12,000

Sean Pierson: $8,000/$8,000

Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000/$41,000

Efrain Escudero: $10,000/$10,000

Jacob Volkmann: $16,000/$16,000

Luis Ramos: $6,000/$6,000

Matt Riddle: $15,000/$15,000

Diego Nunes: $12,000/$12,000

Manny Gamburyan: $18,000/$18,000

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