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UFC 137 Salaries: Nick Diaz Tops Fighter Payroll With $200,000

Nick Diaz ($200,000), B.J. Penn ($150,000), and Cheick Kongo ($140,000) were the top earners at UFC 137.

Nick Diaz defeated B.J. Penn via unanimous decision at UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo via UFC.com)
Nick Diaz defeated B.J. Penn via unanimous decision at UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo via UFC.com)

UFC 137 should go a long way to easing Nick Diaz's monetary complaints. According to figures obtained by MMA Nation, the brash former Strikeforce welterweight champion pocketed $200,000 for his main event victory over B.J. Penn ($150,00) on Saturday night.

Co-headlining heavyweight Cheick Kongo was the night's other big earner. The massive Frenchman left with a $140,000 payday for his decision victory over Matt Mitrione ($10,000). 

Former heavyweight contender Brandon Vera led the undercard charge, pocketing $120,000 after defeating "The Ultimate Fighter" veteran Eliot Marshall ($15,000) on the UFC 137 Facebook preliminaries. The win returned Vera's name to the win column for the first time since mid-2009.

UFC 137 was held on October 29th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roy Nelson ($40,000) vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic ($75,000), Scott Jorgensen ($33,000) vs. Jeff Curran ($8,000), and Hastu Hioki ($30,000) vs. George Roop ($8,000) rounded out the main card.

UFC 137 payouts:

Nick Diaz: $200,000 (no win bonus)
B.J. Penn: $150,000
Cheick Kongo: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Matt Mitrione: $10,000
Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Mirko Filipovic: $75,000
Scott Jorgensen: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
Jeff Curran: $8,000
Hatsu Hioki: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
George Roop: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Dennis Siver: $27,000
Bart Palaszewski: $28,500 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Tyson Griffin: $25,500
Brandon Vera: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Eliot Marshall: $15,000
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Danny Downes: $5,000
Francis Carmont: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Chris Camozzi: $8,000
Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Dustin Jacoby: $6,000