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CSAC Releases UFC 117 Salaries; Silva, Hughes and Fitch Top Money Earners

(Silva and Hughes both got the same to win and Sonnen got paid what Almeida made to take a nap)

The California State Athletic Commission today released the fighter salaries for UFC 117, which was held August 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

According to CSAC, the total payroll for the event, which is said to have drawn 12,971 fans for a live gate of $1.56 million, was  $1.029 million.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, whose come from behind win over Chael Sonnen thrilled fans, topped the list with $320,000 which included his flat rate $200,000 show purse and double-fisted $60,000 Fight of the Night and $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus haul. Sonnen on the other hand made just $35,000 show money for the fight, which would have tied him for eight place with Ricardo Almeida on money earner board for the event if he hadn’t picked up the $60,000 Fight of the Night Bonus he shared with Silva.

Matt Hughes took home $260,000 for his impressive sleep-inducing submission over Ricardo Almeida, including $60,000 he was awarded for Submission of the Night — an honor he too shared with Silva.

Jon Fitch took home $108,000 (or $432,000 per hour for those keeping score) for laying down on and humping the shit out of Thiago Alves for 15 minutes, making him the highest paid prostitute in California since Heidi Fleiss got busted.

Here’s who made what for their respective performances:

Anderson Silva: $320,000  (includes $60,000 Submission of the Night and $60,000 Fight of the Night bonuses and no win bonus)
def. Chael Sonnen: $95,000 (includes $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Jon Fitch: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago Alves: $60,000

Clay Guida: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $12,000

Matt Hughes: $260,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus and $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Ricardo Almeida: $35,000

Junior Dos Santos: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
def. Roy Nelson: $15,000

Rick Story: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Hazelett: $18,000

Phil Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus)
def. Rodney Wallace: $6,000

Johny Hendricks: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
def. Charlie Brenneman: $8000

Tim Boetsch: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
def. Todd Brown: $6,000

Stefan Struve: $90,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus and $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Christian Morecraft: $6,000

Dennis Hallman: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Saunders: $12,000

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fatbellyfrank- August 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Randle McMurphy is a fucken knob jockey
A Simpleton
RwilsonR- August 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Backhanded compliments are my favorite kind, so thank you sir.
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm
RWilson you have put together some magnificent posts for someone who is mildly retarded. Kudos!
RwilsonR- August 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm
I agree that the burden should be on the wrestler's opponent to neutralize what the wrestler is going to do. I'm not asking for a rule change. But that doesn't stop me from criticizing the way they choose to win, or prove that I lack an understading of MMA simply because I find that boring. Additionally, saying that I find top control wrestling with no effort towards any further offense to be boring doesn't automatically mean that I want it to be a kickboxing match.

And perhaps running to your mommy and crying "ad hominem attacks!", isn't the best thing when you begin with, "Let me try to edify you simpltons..."
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Morningwood you have hit the nail on the head. If Jon Fitch's opponent wants to win the fight he should come in prepared to neutralize what JF does. Pretty simple.
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Things we can all agree on about Jimbonics:

1) He has a stunning resemblance to the Fat Bastard character from Austin Powers.

2) The only competing he has done in his life is for a prime spot at the buffett.

3)Like RWilsonR and Rex13 is fond of ad hominem attacks.

Congratulations on your confederacy of dunces gentlemen.
ghostboner- August 17, 2010 at 11:38 am
Once again it is time for me to remind you all that I like Fitch, and NO I am not in his immediate family. But sometimes I still make fun of him. To be fair though, saying Chael's wrestling was more GnP than LnP or more effective than Fitch's isn't accurate IMO. Chael's was more entertaining, yes, but that is because he was fighting the UFC's equivalent of Fedor, the unbeatable man, who had also been acting rather douchey and we all wanted to see him get just what he got but no one thought it was possible. But at the end of the fight Anderson looked just fine and Chael looked beat. Let's be honest folks, the ol' two handed head clap on the guy on the bottom is more effective at making us laugh and making the ref forget that the guy on the bottom has secured two underhooks than it is at damaging the clapee.

Summary: Wrestling in mma=boring. Wrestling also=legit winning strategy. Should someone figure out a way to neutralize it asap? Yes.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 10:34 am
RwilsonR +1

Apologies to everyone for feeding the troll, i thought we had a genuine disagreement/discussion going on.

dogpt3 >> Different fighters use wrestling differently. Some are fun to watch, and some aren't. Fitch aren't.

jimbonics- August 17, 2010 at 9:55 am
Things we can all agree about MMA:

1. Randle McMurphy is the biggest condescending dick-licker here.

2. RwilsonR is awesome.
Morningwood- August 17, 2010 at 9:49 am
At the risk of being called stupid, or ignorant. I have to agree that Fitch is boring. That doesn't mean he doesn't belong in MMA. Because his fights are always the same, it makes me think he's extremely good at what he does because few MMA fighters have been able to do anything about his technique. IT's always the same, yet few can stop it. Why would he change?

As an fan of MMA I mostly come to see slobber knocker type fights. So, I do want to FF through Jon Fitch fights because nothing "exciting" happens. But, wrestling is the game inside the game, much like BJJ. You have to know or understand what your seeing to appreciate it. On the opposite side of that, nothing beats an awesome kick to the noggin the KTFO somebody.

I also think some of what makes Fitch's fights so boring is all the hype leading into the fights. IF you go from a JDS and Roy Nelson fight into a Fitch fight. The pace is much slower and the action less intense. But, again, he's come to wrestle, the opponent needs to stop him.
dogpt3- August 17, 2010 at 9:40 am
As Chael Sonnen proved even being an active wrestler is a shitty way to win a fight. At least when Sonnen does it he pretends like he's doing damage. Wrestling is the safest way to fight. Just look at GSP since being caught by Serra, he knows whats up. People who hate on Fitch but not other wrestlers are idiots. He stays as active as needed to get the job done so either you appreciate the wrestling aspect or you don't, but nobody can argue its the most boring aspect of MMA to watch. Unless you are the gay.
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 9:19 am
Rex13 says:

"No one denies that it is a viable winning strategy, we're arguing that it should not be, because it is fucking boring to watch."

I'm typing this slowly so it will be easier to understand. When you argue to remove techniques from a combat competition you are arguing for a more specialized version. For example, BJJ doesn't allow striking therefore it is a more specialized form of combat than MMA.
RwilsonR- August 17, 2010 at 9:15 am
@ Randle McMurphy

I find Fitch horribly boring. You don't. There are plenty of people that agree with me, and there are probably a few (mainly in Fitch's close family, I assume) that agree with you.

That's great... we disagree. The problem with you is that you act like a child with an inferiority complex, and instead of winning an argument on its merits you simply say that everyone else is stupid, and they should just shut up, because their opinions are invalid 'cause you don't like them. And then you lump it all on Mike Russell, probably because he's taken a lot of crap around here lately so you think he'll be a familiar and easy target. That’s fine you disagree with him, but simply because MRuss had a different opinion of Fitch (which he actually delivered in a relatively clever remark) doesn’t mean he’s a simpleton or that he lacks your nuanced understanding of all aspects of MMA. Maybe he simply prefers one aspect over another.

So the rest of us will just enjoy our consensus, and keep "puking that particular pablum." And the next time you decide to share some of your alliterative asininity by professing your pathetic pedantry, please keep in mind that nobody gives a shit that you think you are smarter than the rest of us. Your self-delusions don't win arguments, and intellectual honesty in nowhere to be found in anything you have said.
jimbonics- August 17, 2010 at 9:04 am
So Randle... do you sit around and watch NCAA wrestling?

No one denies wrestling is an important discipline of MMA, it just happens to be the least exciting.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 9:02 am
Randle McMurphy Says:


"You are confused sir. You are the one arguing for a more specialized form of the sport, my interest is in keeping it as pure a combat sport as possible. Keep your K1 out of my MMA."

How so? I can appreciate a good wrestler and the skills they bring to the cage; my complaint here is that wrestlers like Fitch are too specialized, or too afraid to expand beyond what they are comfortable using. In pretty much anything, i'd rather not watch an athlete just play it safe for the win.
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 8:50 am

You are confused sir. You are the one arguing for a more specialized form of the sport, my interest is in keeping it as pure a combat sport as possible. Keep your K1 out of my MMA.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 8:19 am
Randle McMurphy >> You're getting your wrestling meets in my MMA. I refer you to Daniel Tosh as to why 5 billion people like soccer and we don't.
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

Personally I find soccer pretty fucking boring to watch. There are about 5 billion people who disagree. I am intellectually honest enough to admit my dislike stems directly from my lack of understanding. Get where I'm going with this?
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

I am aware of the consensus, but I am also aware that most sharing that opinion are mildly to severely retarded. There is not much praying going on when Fitch is controlling his opponents on the ground. It is the result of thousands of hours of perfecting technique.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 8:01 am
Randle McMurphy >> There's a huge difference between wrestlers who use wrestling to gain dominant positions and then ride that to a safe but oh so boring victory (Jon Fitch, Antonio McKee) and wrestlers who use their wrestling to grind their opponents into the ground by relentless action (Joe Warren, Ben Askren, Chael Sonnen). No one denies that it is a viable winning strategy, we're arguing that it should not be, because it is fucking boring to watch.
jimbonics- August 17, 2010 at 7:45 am

ytrebil understood the librarian more than you understood ytrebil.


general consensus is that there is a big difference between GnP and LnP. the difference being is that one of them is boring as shit to watch. Chael used his 5 rounds of wrestling as GnP. It was exiting. Fitch used his three rounds of wrestling as LnzzzzZZzzzz.
DAN THE VIKING- August 17, 2010 at 7:37 am
fitch_fag_69 stfu. Your boring.
ktronics- August 17, 2010 at 7:32 am
@ Randle McWrestler

Dude you're comparing a CroCop knockout to a Jon Fit.......zzzZZzZzzzzzZZzz
Randle McMurphy- August 17, 2010 at 7:17 am
Let me try to edify you simpletons and by you simpletons I mean Mike Russell. An MMA competition is similar to other combat sports such as boxing, judo and wrestling in so far as they are specialized forms of fighting. The three primary aspects of MMA are striking, submissions and wrestling with the goal of an mma combative competion being to use one or more of these specialized techniques to secure a victory over your opponent. Jon Fitch happens to use his highly effective wrestling technique to do this. Your insistence that this method is somehow boring, or inferior to a Filipovic head kick or a Noguiera anaconda choke as a viable winning strategy is asinine and speaks to your ignorance. I for one would appreciate it if you would stop puking that particular pablum.
knucklesamitch- August 17, 2010 at 7:09 am

did you not read the breakdown from The Librarian...If you were to go'd have made $300k. That's not a lot for say a Roy Nelson who was 2 fights in and fighting for #1 contendership, but on the other hand, how much was Roy making outside the UFC?