Dan Henderson scored a unanimous decision victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in what most are calling an instant classic. It was a stunning back-and-forth battle over five rounds, both fighters nearly succumbing on multiple occasions.
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson took place Saturday, Nov. 19, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
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 139 FIGHTER SALARIES
Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $165,000
Wanderlei Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Cung Le: $350,000
Urijah Faber: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000
Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $19,000
Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000
Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $13,000
Michael McDonald: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Soto: $6,000
Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000
Gleison Tibau: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000
Miguel Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Pace: $4,000
Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $12,000
Danny Castillo: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000
UFC 139 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,524,000