UFC 126 Fighter Salaries: Belfort, Griffin Top List at $275,000 Each

February 7, 2011
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UFC 126: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort

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.


-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


-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


  • b-soc

    The P4P best and possibly greatest ever doesn’t make the most money…………..what’s wrong with this picture! Is he making some behind the scenes money from the UFC like PPV percentages or something?

    • Yes. A star of Silva’s caliber typically has other elements to his contract outside of just the purse that is reported to the NSAC. More than likely he receives a substantial amount from PPV and there could be other sorts of performance bonuses written into his overall contract. The UFC also has the freedom to give fighters a bonus at it’s whim for a strong performance, and such a bonus does not have to be reported to the athletic commission and is not public record.