UFC 201 Salaries: Robbie Lawler Takes Top Purse With $500,000 in Title Defeat

By Jordan Breen Aug 1, 2016

Robbie Lawler didn't leave Atlanta with the UFC welterweight title, but he did leave with the biggest purse at UFC 201.

The 34-year-old was knocked out in the first round by challenger Tyron Woodley in his third third defense of his 170-pound crown. However, “Ruthless” still took home a disclosed $500,000. For his title victory, Woodley earned $340,000, which includes a $70,000 win bonus.

In the UFC 201 co-feature, unbeaten Polish strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz likely earned herself a shot at her countrywoman Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but Kowalkiewicz's unanimous decision win over Rose Namajunas also netted her $38,000; Namajunas made $46,000 to show.

Outside of the welterweight championship headliner, the evening's biggest earner was 170-pound vet Jake Ellenberger, who shocked Matt Brown with a body kick knockout in the first round. Ellenberger, who entered the bout 1-5 in his previous six bouts, but made $150,000 for his upset win, which doesn't include his $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission on Monday disclosed salaries for the full event. A complete list of UFC 201 salaries follows:

UFC 201 ‘Lawler vs. Woodley’ Disclosed Salaries


Tyron Woodley: $340,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Robbie Lawler: $500,000

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Rose Namajunas: $46,000

Jake Ellenberger: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Matt Brown: $73,000

Erik Perez: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Francisco Rivera: $23,000

Ryan Benoit: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Fredy Serrano: $12,000

Nikita Krylov: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Ed Herman: $51,000

Jorge Masvidal: $114,000 (includes $57,000 win bonus)
Ross Pearson: $54,000

Anthony Hamilton: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Damian Grabowski: $18,000

Wilson Reis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Hector Sandoval: $12,000

Michael Graves: $12,000
Bojan Velickovic: $14,000
Damien Brown: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Cesar Arzamendia: $10,000

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