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UFC 148 Salaries: FoGriff Out-Earns Anderson Silva with a $275K Payday

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(He may not have invited him to the BBQ afterward, but Anderson was going to make sure that Griffin squealed like a pig one way or another.)

The salaries for UFC 148′s twenty-two fighters were released earlier today, and it appears that Chael Sonnen earned exactly one dollar for every insult he aimed at the people of Brazil, which is 50% higher than the UFC’s current average compensatory rate for drawing the ire of an entire nation, a.k.a the Josh Koscheck clause, so a tip of the hat is in order for The Orgeonian in that regard. It will surely by him all of the medium rare steak sandwiches he could ever hope to have.

In other news, despite getting rocked on more than one occasion in his fight with the now retired Tito Ortiz and sprinting out of the cage like he was reliving his fight with Anderson Silva before the decision was even read, Forrest Griffin managed to walk away with the W and a cool $275,000 to boot. Actually, when you add in his $75,000 FOTN bonus, the total comes to…a much higher number. It would be impossible for us to crunch those kinds of numbers and still get this article together in just 8 hours, so take it for what it is and shut up.

Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
Chael Sonnen: $50,000

Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($125,000 to show, $150,000 to win)
Tito Ortiz: $250,000

Cung Le: $150,000 (No win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $21,000

Demian Maia: $96,000 ($48,000 to show, $48,000 to win)
Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000

Mike Easton: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Ivan Menjivar: $13,000

Chad Mendes: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Cody McKenzie: $10,000

Habib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Gleison Tibau: $31,000

Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Riki Fukuda: $28,000

Melvin Guillard: $72,000 ($36,000 to show, $36,000 to win)
Fabricio Camoes: $8,000

Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000

Shane Roller: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
John Alessio: $10,000

Overpaid: Look, we know Cung Le is a big time movie star (He was the bomb in Phantoms Pandorum, yo.) and all, but is he really popular enough to earn a 150 thousand dollar paycheck? We’ll give him all the credit in the world for his performance against Patrick Cote, which was easily his finest since he permanently impacted five pounds of undigested raw meat into Scott Smith’s small intestine at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum, but to think that his base rate is almost as high as Silva’s is pretty unbelievable. Granted, Silva likely took home a significant cut of the astronomical PPV dollars, which likely boosted his salary toward the half mil mark considering those numbers. We imagine that was the case, though to a lesser extent, for Sonnen as well, because 50K doesn’t seem like much compensation for a man who has been tirelessly trolling the MMA world for a good two years now.

Also, Riki Fukuda apparently makes 28K to show. If we could tell you who that is, we would surely have more of an opinion on the matter.

*Checks Sherdog*

Ah, he’s the defending DEEP middleweight champion. Nope, still nothing.

Underpaid: Honestly, there isn’t really any figure that jumps to our immediate attention. We just hope DW threw Cody McKenzie a few extra dollars for essentially jumping on a grenade against Chad Mendes. And while we’re speaking of Mendes, considering that the man is a former title challenger, he isn’t exactly living up to his “Money” moniker. Let’s hope when his contract expires he can at least start making the money he rightfully deserves as the number 2 featherweight in the world.

-J. Jones 

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XENOPHON- July 10, 2012 at 11:02 am
Sonnen, if he got a piece of the PPV likely requested his salary to be low for tax liabilities - possibly still pending. Alternatively having his cut of the PPV paid in some other mechanism to reduce his tax burden.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Just remember- the Furtitties know the house always wins.
cman- July 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm
And I would be shocked if all main event guys didn't get 1.00 per buy. Probably more.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm
It's all about the street cred. So you want to be a fucking fighter? You better go box twelve round decisions with Mayweather and Pacquiao if you want to make any money.
cman- July 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm
My understanding is all main event fighters get PPV cuts, hence all cards have co-main events now. Also offers paydays to aging fighters who gutted out the lean years/built the sport but are no longer main event worthy. All while keeping base salaries down. "you want 200k? Anderson silva doesn't get 200k" type negotiations. UFC has been clear, sell fights, get some buzz, and get paid.
Make us do it and fuck off. Kinda brilliant unless your a commie and expect something for nothing and feel owed.
Seraldo Babalu- July 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm
so Tito is worth more than both main event fighters combined? i'll bet all the fighters are looking for washed up dick sucking plastic dolls to up there salary
RwilsonR- July 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm
Severely underpaid: Chael Sonnen
If pay is about selling PPVs and putting butts in seats, that man should have been the highest on the payroll.
XENOPHON- July 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm
How many main event fighters where paid monies for PPV viewership numbers? Know it happens, but is never mentioned.

Really pathetic salaries for most of those palookas...
Fried Taco- July 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm
I think Silva made a bit more, especially since afterwards I went out to eat at Burger King while wearing my new Nike LunarGlides.