UFC 143 Payroll: Diaz ($200K), Koscheck ($146K) Take Top Purses

By Sherdog.com Staff Feb 6, 2012
Nick Diaz earned $200,000 for his efforts at UFC 143. | Photo: Sherdog.com

Nick Diaz couldn’t take out Carlos Condit in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 143, but the Stockton, Calif., native still took home the show’s biggest disclosed paycheck.

Diaz banked a flat $200,000 for his five-round decision loss to Condit, while the new UFC interim welterweight champion pocketed $110,000 in victory, $55,000 of that in the form of a win bonus.

According to paperwork released Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Diaz would have earned $200,000 win or lose, with no possibility of a win bonus. Diaz earned the same amount for his October win against B.J. Penn at UFC 137.

The night’s next-highest earner was perennial welterweight contender Josh Koscheck, who took a total of $146,000 for his hard-fought, three-round decision win over Mike Pierce ($20,000). Former Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum ($100,000; no win bonus) outclassed Roy Nelson ($20,000) across three rounds in the co-main event of the pay-per-view, which aired live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Note: These figures do not account for taxes, license fees or any other deductions which may be taken from a fighter’s purse, nor do they include any sponsorship money or discretionary “locker room” bonuses which a promoter may issue.

UFC 143 ‘Diaz vs. Condit’ salaries:

Carlos Condit: $110,000
(Includes $55,000 win bonus)

Nick Diaz: $200,000

Fabricio Werdum: $100,000

Roy Nelson: $20,000

Josh Koscheck: $146,000
(Includes $73,000 win bonus)

Mike Pierce: $20,000

Renan "Barao" Pegado: $22,000
(Includes $11,000 win bonus)

Scott Jorgensen: $20,500

Ed Herman: $62,000
(Includes $31,000 win bonus)

Clifford Starks: $8,000

Dustin Poirier: $24,000
(Includes $12,000 win bonus)

Max Holloway: $6,000

Edwin Figueroa: $16,000
(Includes $8,000 win bonus)

Alex Caceres: $8,000

Matt Brown: $30,000
(Includes $15,000 win bonus)

Chris Cope: $8,000

Matt Riddle: $30,000
(Includes $15,000 win bonus)

Henry Martinez: $6,000

Rafael Natal: $20,000
(Includes $10,000 win bonus)

Michael Kuiper: $6,000

Stephen Thompson: $12,000
(Includes $6,000 win bonus)

Daniel Stittgen: $6,000


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