‘UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II’ Salaries Released, Forrest Griffin Top Earner

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
July 9th, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Forrest Griffin

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all of the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II” extravaganza.

Despite performing in the night’s co-main event, Forrest Griffin (Pictured) was the card’s highest earner. Griffin pocketed $275,000 for his victory over Tito Ortiz, with $150k of his cash coming via win bonus.

Ortiz, meanwhile, scored a cool $250,000 in his final Octagon fight.

Middleweight king Anderson Silva garnered a flat $200,000 salary for beating Chael Sonnen in the show’s featured attraction, while Sonnen took home just $50k.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas hosted Saturday’s event.

Here are the official salaries for UFC 148:

Preliminary Card:

(Total disclosed payroll: $1,438,000)

Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000

Shane Roller: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. John Alessio: $10,000

Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Riki Fukuda: $28,000

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau: $31,000

Melvin Guillard: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
def. Fabricio Camoes: $8,000

Main Card:

Mike Easton: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ivan Menjivar: $13,000

Chad Mendes: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Cody McKenzie: $10,000

Demian Maia: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000

Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $21,000

Forrest Griffin: $275,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000

Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Chael Sonnen: $50,000

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