Lesnar Banks $450K at UFC 91


Brock Lesnar reaped some handsome rewards on Saturday.

The newly crowned heavyweight champion led all earners with a $450,000 haul after his second-round technical knockout victory against Randy Couture in the UFC 91 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The figure, which includes a $200,000 win bonus, was released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday.

Couture -- the popular UFC hall of famer who returned from a 15-month layoff -- earned $250,000 for his efforts, as he experienced his first defeat as a heavyweight in more than six years. The commission withheld 10 percent of the purses due the two heavyweights, pending results from post-fight drug testing. Both Lesnar and Couture have deals in which they will be paid a portion of pay-per-view revenues.

Lesnar dropped the 45-year-old Couture with a right hand behind the ear and then finished the three-time heavyweight champion with punches and hammerfists on the ground.

One-time heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga also landed a six-figure payday, as he banked $110,000, including a $55,000 win bonus, after he knocked out UFC newcomer Josh Hendricks in the first round. The 29-year-old Gonzaga, a four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu national champion, has rebounded from consecutive losses to Couture and Fabricio Werdum, delivering quick back-to-back wins.

Meanwhile, fast-rising welterweight Dustin Hazelett pocketed $88,000 in wake of his impressive submission victory against Tamdan McCrory. That figure includes a $14,000 win bonus and a $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus, which was announced by Zuffa. The 22-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who many see as a future mainstay in top 10 rankings, has come through with two straight submission wins since his UFC 82 loss to Josh Koscheck.

Other top earners for UFC 91 included No. 1 lightweight contender Kenny Florian ($80,000), Jeremy Stephens ($76,000), Jorge Gurgel ($70,000), Aaron Riley ($68,000), Demian Maia ($40,000) and Joe Stevenson ($35,000).

UFC 91 Pay Scale

Brock Lesnar - $450,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
Randy Couture - $250,000
Gabriel Gonzaga - $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
Dustin Hazelett - $88,000 (includes $14,000 win, $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonuses)
Kenny Florian - $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Jeremy Stephens - $76,000 (includes $8,000 win, $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonuses)
Jorge Gurgel - $70,000 (includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Aaron Riley - $68,000 (includes $4,000 win, $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses)
Demian Maia - $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Joe Stevenson - $35,000
Nate Quarry - $25,000
Mark Bocek - $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
Matt Brown - $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Tamdan McCrory - $10,000
Josh Hendricks - $8,000
Alvin Robinson - $7,000
Rafael dos Anjos - $4,000
Ryan Thomas - $3,000

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC President Dana White has again hinted former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar might be interested in making a return to the octagon once his WWE obligations end.Filed under: Featured, MMA Rumors read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

There are plenty of reasons why it makes more sense for Brock Lesnar to stay with WWE when his current deal expires in the spring. But WWE's change in business based on launching its own network is a read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 33 views

He's 38 years old. He lost his last two fights badly. Don't matter. Brock Lesnar is the only man who can pit the UFC against the WWE in a bidding war and he might be headed back to the Octagon. In 20 read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

Brock Lesnar's contract with the WWE expires on early 2015, and Dana White says the former UFC champion is 'interested in fighting again'. Brock Lesnar has been plying his trade in pro-wrestling for read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

At UFC 180, the heavyweight division crowned a new interim champion, Fabricio Werdum. Knocked down and unable to threaten Mark Hunt on the ground during the opening round, Werdum didn't look great ea read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

Or maybe the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion will sign with Bellator MMA and turn the entire mixed martial arts (MMA) world upside down, for no other reason than some read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

A month would not be complete without discussing four-time and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (oh, and former UFC heavyweight champion too) possibly returning to the UFC. Luckily read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones details the circumstances that led to his knee injury and gives an update on where he is in the recovery process. read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 views

Welcome to the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat, episode 113. Seriously, it's hard to know where to start with this given the amount of topics and issues going on in the sport. I suppose first and f read news >>

Jump to: