UFC 153 Fighter Salaries, Attendance & Gate


UFC 153 Fighter Salaries, Attendance &      Gate


It was a nice return to the Octagon and homecoming for Big Nog last night at UFC 153 – he got himself a victory, a Submission of the Night bonus, as well as earning the biggest payday.

Before we go any further, we should note that international events generally don’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 24 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).

HSBC Arena
Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Attendance: 16,844
Gate: $2.5-2.6 million

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $470,000 ($250,000 to show, $150,000 win bonus, $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Anderson Silva: $200,000

Jon Fitch: $190,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Demian Maia: $108,000 ($54,000 to show, $54,000 win bonus)

Rony Mariano Bezerra: $100,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus, $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Erick Silva: $80,000 ($10,000 to show, $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Gleison Tibau: $62,000 ($31,000 to show, $31,000 win bonus)

Phil Davis: $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus)

Glover Teixeira: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus)

Stephan Bonnar: $34,000

Diego Brandao: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)

Rick Story: $23,000

Dave Herman: $21,000

Luiz Cane: $19,000

Sergio Moraes: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Cristiano Marcello: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Wagner Prado: $16,000

Fabio Maldonado: $11,000

Francisco Trinaldo: $8,000

Sam Sicilia: $8,000

Reza Madadi: $8,000

Joey Gambino: $6,000

Renee Forte: $6,000


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