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.
From Around the Web

Related News

Fedor: Anderson Silva's failed test is 'a slap in the face', says UFC 'missed out' on Brock Lesnar match up

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Fedor Emelianenko talks about Anderson Silva's failed test, and UFC being the one that 'missed out' on putting on a match up against Brock Lesnar. Fedor Emelianenko is in the US to help promote the u read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Frank Mir would crush Brock Lesnar

  • 28 days ago
  • 38 views

"I think I would crush [Lesnar] standing up now. I think that on the ground and stuff, I've worked with Ricky Lundell and stuff a lot and learned how to nullify the wrestling. I wrestled three rounds read news >>

Does Brock Lesnar contract contretemps with WWE presage UFC return?

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Brock skipped out on an announced Monday Night Raw appearance reportedly over a dispute with WWE boss Vince McMahon over signing a new contract. Could this indicate the possibility that the UFC's big read news >>

UFC 184 Rousey vs. Zingano: B/R Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

This coming weekend is something of a celebration for women's mixed martial arts, with UFC 184 featuring an all-female main and co-main event for the first time in the organisation’s history—not to m read news >>

Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar's contract discussions with WWE come to a standstill

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Could the former UFC heavyweight champion be waiting to test free agency? While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass would absolutely love to see former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar re read news >>

UFC 184 highlights: 5 key main card storylines for 'Rousey vs Zingano'-led event

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

Make sure you don't lose any more coins. Take a look at this concise main card preview before placing your bets on the UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV), taking place this Saturday (Feb. 28, 2015) at the St read news >>

UFC 184 prelims results: Yamamoto vs. Salazar declared a No Contest

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

An unintentional eye poke from Kid Yamamoto led to his UFC 184 fight with Roman Salazar being declared a No Contest. Kid Yamamoto's return to the UFC didn't go quite according to plan. The Japanese l read news >>

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

There's no telling what former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar might do in the next chapter of his career. For now, he's with the WWE and will be for at least a few months more. But there is al read news >>

UFC 184 results: Alan Jouban KOs Richard Walsh in first round

  • 25 days ago
  • 8 views

A nasty standing elbow led Alan Jouban to a first-round knockout victory in his UFC 184 bout with Richard Walsh. Alan Jouban was a bit salty about a shady decision that went against him in his last b read news >>