UFC 117 Salaries: Silva Wins Big

Not only did Anderson Silva steal away Chael Sonnen’s dreams of middleweight gold at UFC 117, he also took the money and ran.  The California State Athletic Commission yesterday  released the reported fighter salaries from the event, and Silva came away the big winner, netting a cool $320000 when you include the end of night bonus awards.  As always, please remember that this is only the reported purses that the fighters earned – it doesn’t include any unreported bonuses, sponsorship money or pay-per-view earnings a fighter may have made.  In total, the UFC paid out a reported $1329000 to UFC 117’s combatants.  Here’s how the money was divvied up:

Anderson Silva: $320000 ($200000 to show, $60000 for Fight of the Night, $60000 for Submission of the Night)
Matt Hughes: $260000 ($100000 to show, $100000 win bonus, $60000 for Submission of the Night)
Jon Fitch: $120000 ($54000 to show, $54000 win bonus, $12000 for Thiago Alves coming in over weight)
Chael Sonnen: $95000 ($35000 to show, $60000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Stefan Struve: $90000 ($15000 to show, $15000 win bonus, $60000 Knockout of the Night bonus) 
Junior dos Santos: $80000 ($40000 to show, $40000 win bonus)
Clay Guida: $56000 ($28000 to show, $28000 win bonus)
Thiago Alves: $48000 ($60000 original salary minus 20% paid to Fitch for coming in over weight)
Johny Hendricks: $40000 ($20000 to show, $20000 win bonus)
Ricardo Almeida: $35000
Tim Boetsch: $32000 ($16000 to show, $16000 win bonus)
Dennis Hallman: $30000 ($15000 to show, $15000 win bonus)
Rick Story: $22000 ($11000 to show, $11000 win bonus)
Dustin Hazelett: $18000
Phil Davis: $18000
($9000 to show, $9000 win bonus)
Roy Nelson: $15000
Ben Saunders: $12000

Rafael dos Anjos: $12000
Charlie Brenneman: $8000
Rodney Wallace: $6000
Todd Brown: $6000
Christian Morecraft: $6000

Silva’s big payday also moved him into second place in the 2010 UFC fighter salaries rankings, behind only Rashad Evans.  Check out the updated 2010 UFC fighter salary info here.


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