According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Vitor Belfort earned $275,000 for his three minutes and 25 seconds of work at UFC 126 on Saturday. Despite unleashing the most vicious front kick in MMA history to retain his middleweight title, champion Anderson Silva only left Las Vegas with a reported $200K.
However, don’t feel too badly for Silva. Courtesy of his G.O.A.T. status, “The Spider” is among a handful of Octagon athletes that pocket a flat salary, in addition to a percentage of pay-per-view buys.
Belfort, on the other hand, would have earned an additional $100,000 had he overcome his underdog rating.
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 oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
Here are the official paydays for UFC 126 (Courtesy of MMAJunkie):
Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Vitor Belfort: $275,000
Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($150,000 win bonus)
def. Rich Franklin: $75,000
Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Kelly: $19,000
Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9,500 win bonus)
def. Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
def. Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
def. Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Ricardo Romero: $10,000
Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
def. Kenny Robertson: $6,000