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