UFC 183 Fighter Salaries: Silva and Diaz Earn More than Half of $2.182 Million Payroll

February 2, 2015
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Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, both having been out of action for an extended amount of time, returned at UFC 183 on Saturday, and it’s no wonder. The UFC paid them a combined $1.3 million to return to the Octagon.

Silva had been sidelined for more than a year after suffering a severely broken leg in his loss to Chris Weidman in December of 2013. Diaz had been in a self-imposed retirement since March of 2013, after having lost to Georges St-Pierre.

Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz UFC 183 kickThe fight ended in Silva’s favor, the former UFC middleweight champion earning a unanimous decision from the judges after five rounds of outstriking Diaz.

> SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Fight Highlights Video 

Silva took home $800,000 in disclosed pay for his efforts, while Diaz pocketed $500,000 in his losing effort.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday revealed the full UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz fighter salaries to MMAWeekly.com. The event took place on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz Fighter Salaries

Anderson Silva: $800,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Diaz: $500,000

Tyron Woodley: $139,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus and $9,000 Gastelum penalty)*
def. Kelvin Gastelum: $21,000

Al Iaquinta: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $36,000

Thales Leites: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $52,000

Thiago Alves: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Jordan Mein: $22,000

Miesha Tate: $76,000 (includes $38,000 win bonus)
def. Sara McMann: $25,000

Derek Brunson: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $47,000

John Lineker: $35,700 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Ian McCall: $22,300 (includes $6,300 Lineker penalty)*

Rafael Natal: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Watson: $16,000

Jimy Hettis: $16,000**
Diego Brandao: $24,000**

Ildemar Alcantara: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Richardson Moreira: $8,000

Thiago Santos: $26,000 (include $13,000 win bonus)
def. Andy Anz: $8,000

*Gastelum and Lineker were each penalized 30-percent of their fight purses for missing weight.

**Hettis vs. Bradao was cancelled due to medical reasons, but the UFC elected to pay both fighters their show money.

UFC 183 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $2,182,000

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  • cheflacsto

    Well Nick, finally got his payday. And they will still get a piece of the PPV action I think. He will be good for awhile now. I don’t think he will fight for some time now.

    • Usmc8408

      Once he smokes that money away he’ll be back for another.

  • Timothy Malone

    Why is this always a news item after the events? The fighters are the only people who should care what the salaries are. I don’t understand why fans obsess about it.

    • Gareth Mee

      We have a right to know how little the fighters are getting paid dude! In this case the main event wasn’t bad for the fighters but look a little further down the list and it’s pretty damn bad!

      • TheCerealKiller

        That pay has gotten better, but it’s still pretty messed up when the main event fighters got paid more that the rest of the card combined.

      • Timothy Malone

        When you go to Applebees do you ask how much all the cooks are getting paid and then complain if it isn’t enough? I just dont get why fans make it their personal business in MMA.

        The fighters themselves are the only ones who can do anything about them not getting paid enough. If they have a problem with it they can show their own salary and expenses and tell the fans. My guess is not a single person on this card will say anything except how grateful they are to be fighting in the UFC.

        • Gareth Mee

          You “don’t care” enough to keep commenting on it so the topic of fighter pay is obviously quite important to you… right?! Actually they’re not the only ones that can do anything about it, many other people can contribute to the fighters getting fair pay. Of course they’re not going to voice their discern at how much they’re getting paid, they need their job. I don’t eat at applebees nor do I endorse their products, i do however give a tip to every waiter that I know is also shared with the cooks/chefs of whichever establishment I do dine at so I also make that my concern 😉

          • Timothy Malone

            I’m just saying after every event we get this:

            1. All MMA news sites release an article about the salaries
            2. The fans complain about how fighters dont get paid enough, especially the guys at the bottom of the card
            3. In other articles fans simultaneously complain bad cards are filled with fighters “nobody wants to see,” especially the guys at the bottom of the card
            4. Nothing changes in regards to fighter pay
            5. We do it again next week

            I don’t get it, but I guess if it is what people want to spend their time doing then alright.

        • TheCerealKiller

          I can partially agree here. If you want to be line cook, we all know what they get paid. Those are not jobs that most people would call a career. In fighting, the pay scale doesn’t exist. But it’s still like every other sport. Pay is all over the place by popularity.

    • Both of you got good points,…. But I do agree that disclosing salaries does indeed help the fighters and in return get better support for their training camps etc….. Are we as fans gonna change the unfair pay, probably not,… But it does make all of us realize how much of a bunch of weasels the UFC can be…… I stopped buying PPV for the same reason, I don’t want to support dana white and its club with my 60$ ….

    • FatAssFu

      It sheds some shame on the organization. If money wasn’t disclosed, you would see these figures cut in half.

  • Mark

    Lineker should have to give up 30% of his win bonus.

    • MikeMcK83

      He did

  • SexyHyde

    Joe Lauzon getting underpaid! He is a much bigger draw than that figure suggests.

    • tonydihn

      lauzon sucks

  • Pat Garret

    This is Diaz biggest payday.

  • Darin

    $500k? Look for Diaz to sign for his next fight in 2020.

  • drkdisciple

    How can Lineker get a win bonus after not making weight? He made back the $6300 he gave uncle crappy + interest!

  • who?

    man 500,000 will buy him alot of weed

    • nick’smom

      and burrito. No racist here.

      No wonder Nick took the fight in a heart beat. Probably the most he has ever and will make per fight.

  • Dave

    Everyone of the fighters and the retired scrubs suing the UFC all sign a contract and know excactly how much they are going to be paid each fight. The only amount og money they wouldnt know about would be if their contract has a % of ppv or gate monies. These guys sign up for it freely, so no one at all should complain. But I will say $1.3million for the boring ass ‘fight’ those guys put on Dana and Zuffa finally got ripped off.

  • Jesoos

    Miesha Tate was over paid. Sucks.

    • snapdad

      her fight was a hell of a lot more exciting than the main or co main event.

  • snapdad

    I cant see how silva/diaz was a main event. I thought the norm for ppv main events were title fights. both of these guys are coming off of back to back losses, and one of them is unranked an fighting out of his weight class. this was a side show at best. nelon vs hunt was more intriguing than this.

  • dandogood

    Meisha Tate could make tons more doing porn.

  • Pat Garret

    Haha, def

  • bob

    I’m happy Tyron actually makes a bit of coin.. Still waiting for them to show sponsorship money & ALL discretionary bonuses like other sports so we can see the true number these stars make. Pay has been rising over the years, let’s hope that continues.