UFC 121 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Lesnar vs. Velasquez’

Event: UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Date: Sat., Oct. 23, 2010
Venue: Honda Center
Location: Anaheim, California
Total Fights: 11
Attendance: 14,856
Gate: $2,237,000
Buy Rate: 1,050,000

UFC 121 is officially in the books. ‘Lesnar vs. Velasquez’-led card took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, 13 years ago. The eleven-fight-event featured some nice brawls and a handful of nice finishes, punctuated by Cain Velasquez’s TKO (Punches) victory over Brock Lesnar. In the co-main event, Jake Shields defeated Martin Kampmann in round 3 by Decision (Split).

You can view UFC 121 results and full fight card.

UFC 121 bonus awards

Traditionally, UFC has handed out bonuses for Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Knockout of the Night. The bonuses ranged from $20,000 up to $120,000. In 2014, the promotion has announced the Performance of the Night bonuses will replace the existing Knockout and Submission of the Night awards. The bonuses will be $50,000 each. There are two types of awards:

  • Fight of the Night is awarded to both fighters in the most exciting fight of the night.
  • Performance of the Night is awarded to fighters who put on the most thrilling individual performance.

Let’s take a closer look at the official UFC 121 bonus winners below:

There were eleven fights at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Cain Velasquez and Daniel Roberts, who will be leaving the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with an extra $50,000. Diego Sanchez Vs. Paulo Thiago was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: According to Dana White, UFC is now worth around $9 billion, thanks to the deal with ESPN.

UFC 121 fighter payouts

The salaries below are not official, but only an estimate. These payouts do not reflect the entire compensation for the event, as athletes may receive money from other undisclosed endorsements, Reebok sponsorship pay, and PPV points that some top-level fighters collect. Moreover, deductions for items such as insurance and licenses are not accounted for.

The list of fighter pay from UFC 121:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 121 event is PENDING.

UFC 121 attendance and gate

There were 14,856 fans inside the Honda Center for UFC 121 on October 23. The reported gate for the event is: $2,237,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 1,050,000.

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