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