Lesnar’s $400K Tops UFC 121 Paydays

By Mike Whitman Oct 26, 2010
Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (Pictured) earned an event-high $400,000 in his first-round technical knockout loss to new titleholder Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

After an intense skirmish to st1art the fight, it quickly became clear that Velasquez was one step ahead of the champion, using crisp, accurate punches to stun and bloody his much larger opponent before finishing the job with ground-and-pound.

The American Kickboxing Academy standout drew $270,000 for his title-winning performance. Included in that sum were $100,000 win and $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonuses. All figures were released on Tuesday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields was awarded $150,000 in his hard-fought split decision victory over game Dane Martin Kampmann, who was awarded $27,000 in defeat.

UFC 121 “Lesnar vs. Velasquez Payouts

Jon Madsen -- $16,000
(Includes $8,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Yvel -- $30,000

Chris Camozzi -- $16,000
(Includes $8,000 win bonus)
Dongi Yang -- $8,000

Sam Stout -- $32,000
(Includes $16,000 win bonus)
Paul Taylor -- $16,000

Daniel Roberts -- $86,000
(Includes $8,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus)
Michael Guymon -- $8,000

Tom Lawlor -- $20,000
(Includes $10,000 win bonus)
Patrick Cote -- $21,000

Court McGee -- $30,000
(Includes $15,000 win bonus)
Ryan Jensen -- $10,000

Brendan Schaub -- $20,000
(Includes $10,000 win bonus)
Gabriel Gonzaga -- $67,000

Matt Hamill -- $58,000
(Includes $29,000 win bonus)
Tito Ortiz -- $250,000

Diego Sanchez -- $170,000
(Includes $50,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Paulo Thiago -- $88,000
(Includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)

Jake Shields -- $150,000
(Includes $75,000 win bonus)
Martin Kampmann -- $27,000

Cain Velasquez -- $270,000
(Includes $100,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus)
Brock Lesnar -- $400,000

These numbers, sent to Sherdog by the California State Athletic Commission, are disclosed pay only. UFC bonuses, handed out separately by the promotion, are also noted. These figures do not include additional bonuses or percentages of other revenue.
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