The 300: Nick Diaz bonused 300k for fulfulling UFC 143 media duties?


When Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit, he was fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for 30% of his 200k purse, plus 30% of a 65k bonus.

However, ESPN's Brett Okamoto is reporting via twitter that NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told him the 65k bonus was not a performance bonus, but rather was part of a 300k bonus that Diaz received at least in part for fulfiling UFC 143 media duties. The 300k bonus was intended to compensate for the percentage of PPV revenue that Diaz would have received in a title bout with GSP, had it not been called off when Diaz failed to fulfill his media obligations. A percentage of PPV is a standard method of compensation for stars in major main event fights.

At this point, it appears as if the NSAC fine of 30% will extend not to the entire 300k, but to 65k of it.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
New info regarding the suspension and fine received by Nick Diaz by the NSAC ...

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
Most likely, Nick will be fined 30 percent of $200k and $65k *bonus* ... the order for that should come down within next two weeks.

Steven Marrocco ‏@MMAjunkieSteven
NSAC hasn't made up their mind. NSAC Chair has 30 days to issue a written order to decide what to take. 30% of 265k is target.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
That's what I said. If nothing changes, he'll be fined off $265k. Chances they'll count the full $300k now very slim.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
The $65k bonus was not a fight night bonus. It was part of a $300k bonus Diaz received from the UFC for not missing 143 press conferences.

Mike Chiappetta MMA ‏@MikeChiappetta
Just more proof that "crazy" is a good business strategy.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
It makes more sense if you consider he was going to make that money anyway, initially from PPV. Still weird though.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
This info is per Keith Kizer, executive director of the NSAC.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
According to Kizer, he was told Diaz lost PPV incentives after noshowing St. Pierre pc. The $300k bonus made up for those losses at 143.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
Dana White declined comment to ESPN regarding the DIaz bonuses. If nothing changes, he will be fined 30% of $265k.

Brett Okamoto ‏@bokamotoESPN
The $300k bonus was supposedly made out for more than just attending press conferences, but that was the main crux acc. to Kizer.

Read entire twitter...

Related MMA gear from the UG Store


Fuji Women\'s Pink Blossom Gi

Fuji Women's Pink Blossom Gi

Only $97.99

UFC Elite Series MMA Training Gloves

UFC Elite Series MMA Training Gloves

$89.99 $62.99


tags: UFC   Nick Diaz (detail)  

Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

sub67 site profile image  

6/1/12 8:36 AM by sub67

300k press bonus was most likely not only for appearances but mostly UFC primetime which had cameras following him around at times.

TheTankEngine site profile image  

6/1/12 5:08 AM by TheTankEngine

LOL!! So true...

Sergio88 site profile image  

6/1/12 4:59 AM by Sergio88


Beggsie site profile image  

6/1/12 4:04 AM by Beggsie

That's a lot of money to turn up to one press conference.

Octagon Mom site profile image  

6/1/12 3:49 AM by Octagon Mom

Nick Diaz still making headlines. What's Carlos up to?... Oh that's right no one gives a shit.

BaraoKix site profile image  

6/1/12 1:03 AM by BaraoKix

^ Diaz' fine will pay for many guys tests to come... Commish has the funds to invest into catching more "bad guys"

91W209 site profile image  

6/1/12 12:57 AM by 91W209

Get in where you fit in

Braziliant site profile image  

6/1/12 12:52 AM by Braziliant

Amazing that somebody can get paid at least 300K for frowning at a camera.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

5/31/12 4:38 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 thats pretty smart