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Robbie Lawler tops UFC 173 earners

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the salaries of the UFC 173 fighters, of which it's Robbie Lawler not TJ Dillashaw who topped the earning table.

Dillashaw secured the biggest title upset in recent history when he defeated Renan Barao on the weekend but he earned just $36,000 for winning his fight, while Barao earned more than double that for just fighting.

That will likely change with a new contract for the new champion but even counting his two $50,000 bonuses for 'Fight of the Night' and 'Performance of the Night', he still earned less than welterweight, Robbie Lawler and light heavyweight, Daniel Cormier.

Lawler earned an impressive $200,000 for his win over Jake Ellenberger, and he's likely to earn a similar amount if he beats Matt Brown is his next fight.

For Cormier, he earned $185,000 for his win over Dan Henderson. More importantly for Cormier, he earned a guaranteed title shot with the win and he'll face either Jon Jones or Alexander Gustafsson, most likely early next year.

The numbers released by the NSAC aren't guaranteed to be exact figures because they don't know the sponsorship figures and there are usually a few extra post-fight bonuses are given out but aren't disclosed to commissions or the media.

Here is a full list of every fight as per MMAFighting.com, and note that Dillashaw received two $50,000 bonuses and Barao and Mitch Clarke received a $50,000 bonus each.

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
T.J. Dillashaw ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Renan Barao ($74,000)
Daniel Cormier ($85,000 + $85,000 = $170,000) def. Dan Henderson ($100,000)
Robbie Lawler ($100,000 + $100,000 = $200,000) def. Jake Ellenberger ($68,000)
Takeya Mizugaki ($29,000 + $29,000 = $58,000) def. Francisco Rivera ($15,000)
James Krause ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Jamie Varner ($17,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Michael Chiesa ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Francisco Trinaldo ($12,000)
Tony Ferguson ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Katsunori Kikuno ($10,000)
Chris Holdsworth ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Chico Camus ($12,000)
Mitch Clarke ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Al Iaquinta ($14,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Vinc Pichel ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Anthony Njokuani ($20,000)
Sam Sicilia ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Aaron Phillips ($8,000)
Li JingLiang ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. David Michaud ($8,000)

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