The California State Athletic Commission has just released the official paydays for all of the contestants that participated in “UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen” on August 7th in Oakland.
Middleweight king Anderson Silva pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind submission victory over challenger Chael Sonnen in the card’s featured attraction. Despite getting dominated for the majority of their instant classic, “The Spider” had his prays answers with only 110 ticks remaining in the 5thRound to notch his seventh consecutive title defense.
The Brazilian and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes were the card’s highest paid athletes. However, half of Hughes’ salary came via win bonus while Silva received a flat $200,000 salary for his performance.
Despite his uncanny ability to sell a pay-per-view event, Sonnen only pocketed 35k for his pre-fight comedy tour and valiant effort inside Oracle Arena in Oaktown.
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 insurance, 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, secret somethin’ somethin’ handshakes, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
Here are the fighters paydays (Courtesy of MMAJunkie.com):
Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Chael Sonnen: $35,000
Jon Fitch: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Alves: $60,000
Clay Guida: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus) def. Rafael dos Anjos: $12,000
Matt Hughes: $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Almeida: $35,000
Junior Dos Santos: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $15,000
Rick Story: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Hazelett: $18,000
Phil Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Rodney Wallace: $6,000
Johny Hendricks: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Charlie Brenneman: $8000
Tim Boetsch: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus) def. Todd Brown: $6,000
Stefan Struve: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Christian Morecraft: $6,000
Dennis Hallman: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Ben Saunders: $12,000