The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz” event.
As expected, former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) was the night’s highest earner with $800,000 ($200K coming via win bonus) for beating Nick Diaz in the show’s featured attraction.
Diaz made $500,000 for merely stepping into the cage.
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.
(Total disclosed payroll: $2,142,000)
Thiago Santos: $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Defeated Andy Enz: $8,000
Ildemar Alcantara: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Defeated Richardson Moreira: $8,000
Jim Hettes vs. Diego Brandao*
Rafael Natal: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win )
Defeated Tom Watson: $16,000
John Lineker: $35,700 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)**
Defeated Ian McCall: $22,300 ($6,300 from Lineker)
Derek Brunson: $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Defeated Ed Herman: $47,000
Miesha Tate: $76,000 ($38,000 to show, $38,000 to win)
Defeated Sara McMann: $25,000
Thiago Alves: $84,000 ($42,000 to show, $42,000 to win)
Defeated Jordan Mein: $22,000
Thales Leites: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Tim Boetsch: $52,000
Al Iaquinta: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Defeated Joe Lauzon: $36,000
Tyron Woodley: $139,000 ($65,000 to show, $65,000 to win, $9,000 from Gastelum)#
Defeated Kelvin Gastelum: $21,000*
Anderson Silva: $800,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
Defeated Nick Diaz: $500,000
* – Bout canceled after Hettes became ill. UFC president Dana White said both would be paid show money.
** – Lineker docked 30 percent ($6,300) of show money for missing weight, which went to McCall.
# – Gastelum docked 30 percent ($9,000) of show money for missing weight, which went to Woodley. However, Woodley claimed he wasn’t going to take that extra money.