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Nick Diaz UFC Earnings: How Much Has the Stockton Slugger Earned in His Fighting Career?



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Nick Diaz is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artist in the sport. The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion has time and again proved his credibility inside the Octagon. Having taken on some of the greatest that the world of mixed martial arts has to offer, Nick Diaz has cemented his position as an all time great. 

However, throughout Nick Diaz’s MMA career, the Stockton Slugger always raised his voice on the issue of fighter pay. Diaz has stated on several occasions that he was underpaid throughout his UFC career, and is arguably one of the first fighter to bring the issue of fighter pay out in the public domain. Today, we take a look how much Nick Diaz earned for each of his fights in the UFC, and Strikeforce. How much did Nick Diaz earn for the Georges St-Pierre fight? Let’s find out. 

What is the net-worth of Nick Diaz?

According to Media Referee, Nick Diaz’s net worth is reported to be in the range of $6 million. While much of Diaz’s earnings came from the UFC, the elder of the Diaz brother also has a business and earns through sponsorship. Here’s how much he earned from each of his fights in the UFC and in Strikeforce.


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Nick Diaz made his UFC debut against Jeremy Jackson at UFC 44 back in September of 2003. Diaz won the fight via submission in the third round. The Stockton Slugger pocketed $6000 ($3000 show money; $3000 win bonus) for the fight. Diaz took on Robbie Lawler in his second appearance for the UFC and took home $6000 as fight purse. 


Diaz would then take on Karo Parisyan at UFC 49. The fight marked the first loss of Diaz’s UFC career. He lost the fight via split decision. Diaz took home $6000 for the fight.

Nick Diaz bounced back stronger in his next fight, stopping Drew Fickett in the first round at UFC 51. He made $11,000 for the victory out of which $5000 came as a win bonus.

Diaz’s next opponent came in the form of Japan’s Koji Oishi. The Stockton Slugger earned the second KO win of his MMA career as he knocked out Koji Oishi in the first round. He took home a whopping $15000 ($8000 show money; $7000 win bonus.)

Diaz would go on to suffer three back to back losses against Diego Sanchez, Joe Riggs, and Sean Sherk. He pocketed $10,000 in each of the fights. Nick Diaz would then leave the UFC to compete at ICFO 1 against Ray Steinbeiss, only to return to the UFC once again against Josh Neer.

He bounced back stronger as he submitted a credible opponent in the form of Josh Neer. The fight also brought him the Submission of the Night bonus, with Nick Diaz taking home a whopping $20,000 from the fight. The fight purse would only get bigger, with Nick Diaz securing $24,000 for his stoppage win over Gleison Tibau at UFC 65. 

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Nick Diaz would once again part ways with the UFC to join PRIDE for a super-fight against Takanori Gomi in the lightweight division. The fight also marked Nick Diaz’s lightweight debut. In an exciting fashion, Diaz submitted Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33. He made $15,000 for the fight. However, he was fined $3000 after testing positive for marijuana.

Nick Diaz took home $60,000 from his fight against Thomas Denny at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. He made $39,950 ($29,950 to show money, $10,000 win bonus) for his epic encounter against Frank Shamrock in his Strikeforce debut.

Diaz pocketed $50,000 for the rematch against KJ Noons at Strikeforce, and took home a whopping $150,000 for second round submission win over Evangelista Santos.

The fight against Paul Daley marked Nick Diaz’s last appearance for Strikeforce. In an exciting one round war, Diaz emerged victorious via stoppage in the closing moments of the first round. He pocketed a whopping $175,000 for the fight.

How much did Nick Diaz earn in his UFC career?

Nick Diaz returned to the UFC after almost 6 years to take on arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all time in the form of B.J. Penn. Diaz won the fight via unanimous decision. He pocketed a mammoth $200,000 as fight purse, and an additional $75,000 as Fight of the Night bonus.

Diaz took on Carlos Condit in his next fight for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Diaz made $20000 as show money for the fight. However, he was fined 30% of his purse after testing positive for marijuana.

Arguably one of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC, Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz squared off inside the Octagon at UFC 158. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Nick pocketed $200,000 for the fight.


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Diaz moved to the middleweight division for his next bout, taking on legendary Anderson Silva. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. However, the result was overturned to a No Contest after Anderson Silva tested positive for tested drostanolone and androsterone. Nick Diaz pocketed $500,000 for the fight. However, he was fined $100,000 for the failed test.

Nick Diaz has made over millions in his MMA career. Needeless to say, the above amount does not include PPV cuts. Nick Diaz returns to the UFC Octagon on September 25 at UFC 266 in a five round featured bout against Robbie Lawler.