UFC 127 Salaries: Bisping’s Spitting Rich

michael bisping vs jorge rivera

Even if Michael Bisping does get fined for the spitting incident after his match at UFC 127, he probably won’t be crying poor.  The brash Brit was the top earner at Saturday’s event, pulling in $385,000 for his dismantling of Jorge Rivera.  Despite never being a top-tier fighter, Bisping continues to bank far more money than big name guys like B.J. Penn.

Before we go any further, we should note that Australia’s Athletic Commission doesn’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 22 fighters that traded blows at the event (but please remember – this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event or guys like Mark Hunt, who have never had his UFC purse info released in the past).


Michael Bisping: $385,000 ($235,000 to show, $150,000 win bonus)

B.J. Penn: $150,000

Chris Lytle: $110,000 ($35,000 to show, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Kyle Noke: $91,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Mark Hunt: $87,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus, $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Brian Ebersole: $83,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Jon Fitch: $60,000

Ross Pearson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus)

Dennis Siver: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus)

Spencer Fisher: $26,000

Alexander Gustafsson: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Jorge Rivera: $18,000

George Sotiropoulos: $15,000

Curt Warburton: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Chris Tuchsherer: $12,000

Anthony Perosh: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Zhang Tie Quan: $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus)

Nick Ring: $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus)

Riki Fukuda: $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 “win bonus” given by UFC despite losing)

Chris Camozzi: $8,000

James Te-Huna: $8,000

Maciej Jewtuszko: $4,000

Jason Reinhart: $4,000

Tom Blackledge: $4,000


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