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.
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