The official fighter salaries for the UFC 117: Silva Vs Sonnen event have now been released.
Topping the payscale for this event was middleweight champion Anderson Silva who picked up a $200,000 for his last gasp victory, though it should be noted that he would have earned the same amount whether he won or lost.
Also taking home $200,000 was ex-welterweight champion Matt Hughes who showed that he’s still got some fight left in him at the show with a first round victory. Jon Fitch also joined the six-figure club with $108,000 for his decision victory over Thiago Alves who earned $60,000.
Junior Dos Santos ($80,000) and Clay Guida ($56,000) were next on the payscale before finally we reach the man who many people attribute the high PPV sales (estimated to be in the region of 1 million) too, title challenger Chael Sonnen. His constant hype for the event and remarkable performance earned him just $35,000, on a par with fellow main card fighter Ricardo Almeida.
See the full list of salaries paid out at UFC 117 below.
- Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
- Chael Sonnen: $35,000
- Jon Fitch: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
- Thiago Alves: $60,000
- Clay Guida: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)
- Rafael dos Anjos: $12,000
- Matt Hughes: $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus)
- Ricardo Almeida: $35,000
- Junior Dos Santos: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
- Roy Nelson: $15,000
- Rick Story: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)
- Dustin Hazelett: $18,000
- Phil Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus)
- Rodney Wallace: $6,000
- Johny Hendricks: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
- Charlie Brenneman: $8000
- Tim Boetsch: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
- Todd Brown: $6,000
- Stefan Struve: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
- Christian Morecraft: $6,000
- Dennis Hallman: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
- Ben Saunders: $12,000