UFC 266: Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler fight purse, payouts, salaries, results

UFC veteran Nick Diaz will meet Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 for a five round middleweight bout. It is a rematch between the fighters that took place nearly two decades ago. They met at UFC 47 in 2004.

However, Diaz is returning to the octagon after 6 years and a win will be his first since 2012. Lawler, on the other hand, had last fight in 2020, but hasn’t won since 2017. He is currently ranked at No. 15 in the middleweight division.

Although this bout was scheduled for 170 pounds, it was moved to the middleweight division as per Diaz’s request just days before the event. Since, Diaz is appearing after a decade, he seems out of shape and slow. Lawler was more or less active in the UFC with fewer intervals.

Though both fighters are irregular in the Octagon, the fight will be interesting as there will be a considerable amount of money for the fighters.

Nick Diaz will vs Robbie Lawler 2 Purse, Payouts

Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler
Opponents Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler face off during the UFC 266 ceremonial weigh-in at Park Theater on September 24, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Fighter Opponent Result Base Salary Win Bonus PPV Buys PPV Payout (est) Performance Bonus Sponsorship Total
Nick Diaz Robbie Lawler L $400,000 $0       $11,000 $411,000
Robbie Lawler Nick Diaz W $250,000 $100,000       $21,000 $371,000

The official announcement for the final payout is out after the end of UFC 266. The table contains the bonuses, result, salaries, sponsorship details, which are official from UFC. Diaz was offered a huge purse. Hence, it was expected that he will bank $500,000 guaranteed, which may increase or decrease depending on the win, sponsorship. But as per the report Diaz made banked $411,000.

Robbie Lawler earned overall $365,000 with $200,000 guaranteed in his last bout against Neil Magny in 2020. So, he was expected to earn around $200,000 guaranteed which could rise up to $350,000 depending on the win, bonus and. The table provided above contains the salary details of the fighters.

Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler Purse at UFC 47

In their fist fight in 2004, Nick Diaz earned a total of $6,000 which includes $3,000 guaranteed and $3,000 win bonus. It was Diaz’s second appearance in UFC. Lawler earned $3,000 from that fight.

Nick Diaz’s Career Earning

Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler face-off in front of fans and the press for UFC 266 – Volkanovski vs Ortega Press Conference on September 23, 2021, at MGM Park Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages)

Diaz started his MMA career in 2001, but came to the limelight after he joined UFC in 2003. Over the years he appeared in 37 matches and won 26 of them. His first anticipated fight took place in 2011 at UFC 137 over B.J. Penn. In that match Diaz earned $275,000 in total.

After that he fought Carlos Condit at UFC 143 for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Diaz lost the fight via unanimous decision and banked $20,000. However, he had to give a 30% fine after he tested positive for marijuana.

Next comes one of the biggest PPV fights in UFC history against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158, in which 950,000 PPVs were sold. Although Nick lost the match, he earned $200,000.

In his last fight, Diaz met Anderson Silva at UFC 183, which was a no contest fight. Despite the no contest, he banked $500,000.


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