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UFC 116 Salaries Released

According to, interim title holder Shane Carwin will earn $40,000 to show and another $40K if he leaves the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada victorious.

Lesnar, on the other hand, will pocket a flat – yet phat – $400,000 just for stepping inside the cage Saturday night. The controversial wrestler made the same salary in his last appearance at UFC 100 in July 2009.

In co-main event news, Chris Leben gets a bump up from his $35,000 show/$35,000 win performance at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale” to $43,000 show/$43,000 win. Despite fighting less than two weeks ago, the slugger gladly stepped in to replace an injured Wanderlei Silva to face Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Sexyama will receive $45,000 for his second UFC contest and another $25,000 if he’s able to collect his 14th victory.

These numbers indicate the fighter purses which are required to be reported to the NSAC. They DO NOT include pay-per-view bonuses, performance bonuses, sponsorship monies, or other sources of income that fighters may receive.