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Full Salary Payouts for “Silva vs. Irvin”

(Photo courtesy of the UFC.)

The UFC’s impromptu SpikeTV card cost them $623,000 in fighter payroll, the breakdown of which is below (props to MMAJunkie). Looks like Anderson Silva is now making a lot more than he did for his last fight, though that could just be a one-time bump for helping suck some of the interest from “Banned.” Here are the numbahs:

Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus issued)
Brandon Vera: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Frankie Edgar: $51,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus and $25,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
CB Dollaway: $45,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus and $25,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus)
Hermes Franca: $42,000 (includes $25,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Rory Markham: $37,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus and $25,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus)
James Irvin: $20,000
Tim Credeur: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Reese Andy: $15,000
Cain Velasquez: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Jake O’Brien: $11,000
Kevin Burns: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Brad Blackburn: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Anthony Johnson: $9,000
Nate Loughran: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Jesse Taylor: $8,000
Cale Yarbrough: $8,000
Shannon Gugerty: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Johnny Rees: $4,000
Brodie Farber: $3,000
James Giboo: $3,000
Dale Hartt: $3,000

Underpaid: Anthony Johnson, who pocketed less than the living wage of $10,000 to show, while having to suffer the insult/injury of losing a fight via multiple eye-pokes. Everyone whose base salary was under $8,000 can be considered “pathetically underpaid” — that’s 45% of the fighters on this card, by the way — except for Rory Markham, thanks to his Golden Foot.

Overpaid: Brandon Vera is turning into one of the most overpaid human beings on Earth, in any profession. And it hurts me to say it, because the dude used to be a walking highlight reel. Look for the UFC to renegotiate his contract at their first opportunity. Now they know better than to invest a six-figure contract into a “next big thing” heavyweight. Sucks to be you, Cain Velasquez — Vera just cockblocked your wallet.

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Caveman- July 22, 2008 at 6:03 am
Anthony Johnson deserves the win (and the money for it). Last time I checked, Eye gouging of any kind was a foul. In boxing (I know this aint boxing), if a fighter is not able to continue due to an injury caused by a foul (accidental headbutt, elbow, thumb, ect..) the fight is either called or they go to the judges score cards. I do not understand how Kevin Burns can be given the win and the bonus due to a TKO. It was his 4th time and he had been warned. Strikes to the throat and groin are considered fouls also but I cant imagine someone being given a win by TKO after crushing someones larynx or testicals.
cocknballs- July 22, 2008 at 5:56 am
Vera's a hack job.
UFC fan- July 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm
"Damn, Vera actually made more money than Silva with his half-assed performance."

uhhhhhh where did you go to school at dude?
Anderson Silva: $200,000
Brandon Vera: $200,000

exactly where is the MORE THAN part for vera?????
kklein- July 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm
$100,000 in bonus to Vera who just pushed a guy tto the fence and laid on him. Hell, I would've do that for $10,000. It's time for the UFC to bring out the Pride yellow cards.
DwordSON- July 20, 2008 at 9:37 pm
Damn, Vera actually made more money than Silva with his half-assed performance. He should have been paid less than Johnson who put on a great fight, poor guy, how much humiliation can one fighter take? Let's hope he comes back stronger - he seems to have great potential.

The Silva fight was insane...who saw that coming? I wish Irvin wouldn't have made that mistake I was looking forward to a good muy thai brawl.

and big props to CB represnting AZ with that crazy necktie.

and let's hope for the best for my #1 guy Rampage.