Brock Lesnar Career Earnings In UFC
Brock Lesnar career earnings in the UFC total up to more than $5 million.
Lesnar, 42, is widely regarded as one of the most popular and controversial athletes to ever fight in the UFC.
After an extremely successful professional wrestling career that essentially made him a household name, Lesnar decided to transition into mixed martial arts (MMA).
He officially made his UFC debut in 2008 at UFC 81 against Frank Mir.
Because of how massive Lesnar’s hands were, he had to wear 4XL gloves for the fight – becoming only the second man to ever accomplish the feat.
He ultimately ended up losing to Mir by submission at 1:30 of the first round.
Lesnar would go on to record the first victory of his UFC career against Heath Herring at UFC 87.
The former WWE champion beat Herring by unanimous decision and in the process earned himself a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91.
Lesnar then defeated Couture via a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world.
A rematch against Mir followed, and this time Lesner emerged victorious by way of a TKO in the second round at UFC 100.
After beating Mir, Lesnar took on Shane Carwin.
Despite an early storm from Carwin, Lesnar was able to show some veteran savvy and eventually defeat him by way of an arm triangle submission.
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Lesnar’s title run came to an end in October 2010 at UFC 121 when he was defeated by Cain Velasquez.
Velasquez ultimately defeated Lesnar by way of TKO in the first round.
One year later, at UFC 141, Lesnar lost once more – this time to Alistair Overeem.
That defeat would mark the end of Lesnar’s first run with the UFC, and he ended up returning to professional wrestling.
Five years later, after another successful stint in the WWE, Lesnar agreed to return for one fight at UFC 200.
In July 2016 he beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision, but the victory was later overturned when he tested positive for banned substances.
Lesnar-Hunt is now a No Contest.
There was some talk of Lesnar returning to the UFC again to face Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones – but so far nothing has materialized. It remains to be seen if he ever returns.
If ever does decide to return, Lesnar will likely instantly once again become the highest paid fighter in the promotion.
You can check out Lesnar’s UFC career earnings below.
Please keep in mind, these are disclosed earnings only. They do not include any secret paydays or bonuses he may have gotten from Dana White just by virtue of being who he is.
UFC 81 – Feb 2/08 – Loss (Mir) – $250,000
UFC 87 – Aug 9/08 – Win (Herring) – $450,000 ($250,000 to show, $200,000 win bonus)
UFC 91 – Nov 15/08 – Win (Couture) – $450,000 ($250,000 to show, $200,000 win bonus)
UFC 100 – Jul 11/09 – Win (Mir) – $400,000
UFC 116 – Jul 3/10 – Win (Carwin) – $475,000 ($400,000 to show, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
UFC 121 – Oct 23/10 – Loss (Velasquez) – $400,000
UFC 141 – Dec 30/11 – Loss (Overeem) – $400,000
UFC 200 – Jun 9/16 – Win (Hunt) – $2,255,000 ($2,500,000 to show, $250,000 fine for failed drug test, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Career Earnings: $5,125,000