Originally written on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Last night's UFC on Fox event was all about Nate Diaz.  It was billed as Nate's chance to move out from underneath big brother Nick's shadow, and he definitely accomplished that mission.  Not only did Diaz best Jim Miller in the main event, he also walked away from the night with the biggest paycheck (it also pushed Nate to over $1 million in reported earnings in his UFC career).  And who could have predicted that at this point in the year Lavar Johnson would be one of the top 10 earning fighters in the sport?

Before we go any further, we should note that New Jersey Athletic Commission doesn't release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter's pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 24 fighters that traded blows at the event (but please remember - this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event or for Rousimar Palhares, who must be making more than $7,000 to show by now).

Nate Diaz: $139,000 ($37,000 to show, $37,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Louis Gaudinot: $82,200 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $1,200 from Leneker missing weight)

Lavar Johnson: $77,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Josh Koscheck: $73,000

John Lineker: $69,800 ($6,000 to show, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus, fined $1,200 for missing weight)

Johny Hendricks: $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 win bonus)

Alan Belcher: $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 win bonus)

Danny Castillo: $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 win bonus)

Jim Miller: $35,000

John Hathaway: $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 win bonus)

Karlos Vemola: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Michael Johnson: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

John Dodson: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Dennis Bermudez: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Roland Delorme: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Tony Ferguson: $15,000

Pat Barry: $11,000

Pablo Garza: $8,000

Mike Massenzio: $8,000

Rousimar Palhares: $7,000

Tim Elliot: $6,000

Josh Cholish: $6,000

Pascal Krauss: $6,000

Nick Denis: $6,000

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