UFC 139 Salaries Released, Cung Le Card’s Top Earner

Written by Tom Ngo
November 21st, 2011

UFC Cung Le

Despite having his face rearranged and leaving the Octagon with a loss in his big league debut, Cung Le (Pictured) was UFC 139‘s highest paid athlete. According to the California State Athletic Commission, Le pocketed $350,000 for his knockout defeat to Wanderlei Silva this past Saturday.

Silva, on the other hand, earned a flat $200,000 salary for collecting his first victory since February 2010.

Dan Henderson pulled out a controversial unanimous decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the night’s featured attraction. Henderson garnered $250k for his 25 minutes of work, while Shogun made $165,000.

The HP Pavilion in San Jose hosted this past weekend’s show.

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 Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

Here are the official paydays for UFC 139:

Preliminary Bouts:

Danny Castillo: $35,600 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Shamar Bailey: $6,400*

Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $12,000

Miguel Torres: $60,800 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Pace: $3,200#

Gleison Tibau: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000

Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000

Michael McDonald: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Soto: $6,000

Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $13,000

Main Bouts:

Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000

Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $19,000

Urijah Faber: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000

Wanderlei Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Cung Le: $350,000

Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $165,000

* – Bailey was scheduled to make $8,000, but was fined 20% of his show purse for missing weight. The extra $1,600 went to Castillo.
# – Pace was slated to earn $4,000, but was docked 20% of his show purse after failing to make weight. Torres scored the extra $800.

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