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UFC 126 Fighter Salaries: Brazilians Bank Big Bucks

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Would you take an Anderson Silva front kick to your face for $275,000?  Vitor Belfort did.  Despite losing UFC 126’s main event, Belfort actually got paid a higher reported salary than his tormentor, Silva.  In the end, when you take Silva’s $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus into account, both men did end up earning the same, $275,000 for their blood, sweat and tears, but only one of them got to kick the other in the face.

In total Zuffa forked out $1,597,000 in reported salaries and end of night bonuses to the 22 fighters on the card, which drew a live crowd of 10,893 for a gate of $3,600,000. Here is how the pie was split up:

Anderson Silva: $275,000 ($200,000 to show, $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($125,000 to show, $150,000 win bonus)

Vitor Belfort:
$275,000

Jon Jones: $215,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 win bonus, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Donald Cerrone: $111,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Paul Kelly:
$94,000 ($19,000 to show, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Rich Franklin
: $75,000

Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 win bonus)

Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus)

Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 win bonus)

Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus)

Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Ryan Bader:
$20,000

Chad Mendes:
$19,000 ($9,500 to show, $9,500 win bonus)

Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000

Demetrious Johnson:
$10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus)

Ricardo Romero: $10,000

Antonio Banuelos: $9,000

Carlos Eduardo Kuhra: $8,000

Gabe Ruediger: $8,000

Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000

Kenny Robertson: $6,000

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