Within the mixed martial arts universe, the phrase of the week undoubtedly was “Anderson Silva money.” While the UFC middleweight king’s price tag has been a hot topic of discussion, the man that wound up replacing injured Phil Davis at UFC 133 actually pockets a phatter purse than “The Spider.”
Courtesy of the multi-fight contract extension Ortiz signed in July of 2009 – which came on the heels of his TKO loss to Chuck Liddell, draw with Rashad Evans and decision defeat to Lyoto Machida, respectively – “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” manged to pocket a flat $450,000 salary in his submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 132.
“There was a lot of talk after that last fight about what Tito got paid,” UFC president Dana White stated during Thursday’s conference call. “We signed that deal with Tito a long time ago … Tito has been around for a long time and we didn’t go in and renegotiate his money. We let him fight.
“To be honest, I thought that was going to be Tito’s last fight. I thought Ryan Bader was probably gonna win that fight and that was gonna be Tito’s last fight in mixed martial arts, and that’s what Tito got paid.”
Ortiz earned at least $210K in his last several bouts prior to posting his first win in nearly five years.
Anderson Silva commands a flat $200,000 salary each time he takes the Octagon. However, with the addition of the UFC’s top secret discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view cuts and sponsorship dollars, it’s been reported the baddest 185-pounder in bare feet garners seven-figures each time he takes center stage.
Perhaps those funds were what Lyoto Machida was in search of when he demanded “Anderson Silva money.” However, the only monetary numbers the public has access to are the salaries required to be reported to the state athletic commissions.
Ortiz headlines UFC 133 opposite Rashad Evans on August 6th in Philly.
FYI – Ortiz did not ask for additional money when he accepted the last-minute fight.