The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released the fighter salary information for UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva successfully defended his title, knocking out Vitor Belfort in the opening round with a stunning kick to the face. Forrest Griffin bested Rich Franklin in the co-main event. Meanwhile, Jon Jones unknowingly fought his way into an immediate title shot by submitting Ryan Bader.
UFC 126 took place Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.
UFC 126 MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Anderson Silva: $200,000(no win bonus) def. Vitor Belfort: $275,000
-Forrest Griffin: $375,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) def. Rich Franklin: $75,000
-Jon Jones: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
-Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
-Miguel Torres: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
UFC 126 PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Donald Cerrone: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Paul Kelly: $19,000
-Chad Mendes: $19,000 (includes $9,500 win bonus) def. Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
-Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto: $15,000
-Paul Taylor: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
-Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Romero: $10,000
-Mike Pierce: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Robertson: $6,000
UFC 126 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,405,000