MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has received the fighter payouts for "UFC 79: Nemesis" from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the pay-per-view (PPV) event held on December 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell was the top earner of the evening, taking home a reported $500,000 for his sensational unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva.
"The Iceman" also received a little bonus action for the memorable performance, as well as "The Axe Murderer."
Here are all the UFC 79 payouts:
Georges St. Pierre — $160,000 ($80,000 to show, $80,000 to win)
Matt Hughes — $100,000
St. Pierre defeated Hughes via submission (armbar) in round two
Chuck Liddell — $500,000
Wanderlei Silva — $150,000
Liddell defeated Silva via unanimous decision
Eddie Sanchez — $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
Soa Palalei — $5,000
Sanchez defeated Palalei via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Lyoto Machida — $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou — $40,000
Machida defeated Sokoudjou via submission (arm triangle choke) in round two
Rich Clementi — $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Melvin Guillard — $10,000
Clementi defeated Guillard via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
James Irvin — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Luis Cane — $5,000
Irvin defeated Cane via disqualification (illegal knee)
Manny Gamburyan — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Nate Mohr — $6,000
Gamburyan defeated Mohr via submission (heal hook) in round one
Dean Lister — $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 to win)
Jordan Radev — $5,000
Lister defeated Radev via unanimous decision
Roan Carneiro — $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Tony DeSouza — $7,000
Carneiro defeated DeSouza via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Mark Bocek — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Doug Evans — $3,000
Bocek defeated Evans via unanimous decision
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments.
For example, "Fight of the Night" honors went to Liddell and Silva, who each took home $50,000 extra in scratch. St. Pierre nabbed "Submission of the Night" with his second round armbar and Sanchez got the "Knockout of the Night" for his stoppage of Palelei.
St. Pierre and Sanchez received $50,000 each just like Liddell and Silva.
The total base fighter payroll for UFC 79 was $1,199,000. UFC 79 drew 11,075 fans for a $4.9 million gate, according to remarks attributed to UFC President Dana White during the post-event press conference.
If that's the case then it would go down as the most successful live gate for any mixed martial arts (MMA) show in 2007 throughout the entire United States.