The fighter salaries for Saturday’s UFC 126 event have now been released, and they make for interesting reading.
Despite being declared by many, including UFC president Dana White, as the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva was not the top earner on the card. In fact his $200,000 payday was only good enough for third place, behind both Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin who both earned $275,000.
It should be taken into account however that this is just the base salary, and does not include figures such as any potential share of the PPV sales that a headlining fighter like Silva may have attached to his current deal.
Next up was rising superstar Jon Jones who at just 23 years of age is already banking a six figure sum, $140,000 to be exact, for his latest win, while his opponent Ryan Bader is still apparently locked into his TUF season 8 contract which means he earned just $20,000.
Despite his long run in the UFC Rich Franklin’s defeat to Griffin meant that he only earned $75,000 from his co-main event spot, while former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres picked up $54,000 for his UFC debut.
See the full list of fighter earnings from the event below.
- Champ Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
- Vitor Belfort: $275,000
- Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($150,000 win bonus)
- Rich Franklin: $75,000
- Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus)
- Ryan Bader: $20,000
- Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
- Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
- Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)
- Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
- Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
- Paul Kelly: $19,000
- Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9,000 win bonus)
- Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
- Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
- Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
- Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
- Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
- Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
- Ricardo Romero: $10,000
- Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
- Kenny Robertson: $6,000