Robbie Lawler earns over $250,000 for win over Matt Brown

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Lawler will face UFC Welterweight champ Johny Hendricks next (©GettyImages)
Lawler will face UFC Welterweight champ Johny Hendricks next (©GettyImages).

Robbie Lawler came away from his UFC on FOX 12 main event fight against Matt Brown a huge winner on Saturday night, in more ways than one.

The number one ranked welterweight contender raked in $105,000 for competing, $105,000 for winning and a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus - totalling a whopping $260,000 (£153,000) for his efforts, according to figures released by the California State Athletic Commission.

Oh and to top it all off, he gets another UFC Welterweight title shot in the New Year as well.

Who were the big earners?

Lawler topped the money earners for Saturday nights card but two other fighters were able to earn six figure sums as well.

Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson continued his career rebirth with a brutal stoppage of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, aka 'Little Nog', in the first round of their Light Heavyweight clash.

Johnson earned $53,000 for fighting and $53,000 for winning. He also earned Performance of the Night honours, alongside Dennis Bermudez, which brought his total up to $156,000 (£92,000).

It was Rumble's opponent who had the highest base salary of the night though as 'Little Nog' earned $114,000 (£67,000) to suffer a 54 second beatdown at the hands of 'Rumble'.

Thanks to Performance of the Night honours, Dennis Bermudez nearly took home six figures. He earned $48,000 for his win over Clay Guida and the $50,000 bonus saw him take home just shy of $100,000.

What next for these fighters?

For Lawler, a rematch with UFC Welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks awaits. That fight has been pegged for early next year and a victory for Lawler would cap off a wonderful comeback.

'Rumble' Johnson is being alongside the Light Heavyweight division's elite of Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson but he'll need another victory before he's pushed into the title shot queue.

A win for Cormier over Jones at UFC 178 or for Gustafsson over Jones next year would delay Rumble's ascent for a title shot but he's just set on continuing to reinvent himself.

As for their opponents, Matt Brown will continue to be a top welterweight and despite losing, he went the full five rounds and never looked out of it, so this fight actually helps boost him, despite the loss.

'Little Nog' looks set to retire after an injury ravaged career and a dire comeback attempt. He would be the second fighter to retire after the FOX 12 card.

Kyle Kingsbury ($15,000) who fought on the undercard said on Twitter after his fight that he was going to retire, after he suffered a brutal loss to Patrick Cummins ($20,000).

Full pay list

Main Card (FOX)
Robbie Lawler ($105,000 + $105,000 = $210,000) def. Matt Brown ($46,000)
Anthony Johnson ($53,000 + $53,000 = $106,000) def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ($114,000)
Dennis Bermudez ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Clay Guida ($50,000)
Bobby Green ($21,000 + $21,000 = $42,000) def. Josh Thomson ($85,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX)
Jorge Masvidal ($42,000 + $42,000 = $84,000) def. Daron Cruickshank ($12,000)
Patrick Cummins ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Kyle Kingsbury ($15,000)
Tim Means ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Hernani Perpetuo ($8,000)
Brian Ortega ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Mike de la Torre ($8,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Akbarh Arreola ($8,000)
Gilbert Burns ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Andreas Stahl ($8,000)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Juliana de Lima ($8,000)
Noad Lahat ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Steven Siler ($15,000)

Fight of the Night - Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown - $50,000

Performance of the Night - Anthony Johnson and Dennis Bermudez - $50,000

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