The official fighter purses for those who competed at the UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., were released earlier today and passed along by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
As expected, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva was among the top earners of the night, bringing home a cool $200,000 for his dramatic come-from-behind victory over Chael Sonnen in the waning minutes of the fifth and final round. Not to be outdone, former welterweight champion Matt Hughes matched the "Spider" in base pay for his surprise submission over Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist, Ricardo Almeida.
Jon Fitch and Junior dos Santos didn't do too shabby either, pocketing $108,000 and $80,000, respectively, in their winning number one contender eliminator matches.
Here is the complete list of UFC 117 payouts:
Anderson Silva: $200,000
Chael Sonnen: $35,000
Silva def. Sonnen via submission (triangle choke)
Jon Fitch: $108,000 ($54,000 to show, $54,000 to win)
Thiago Alves: $60,000 ($48,000 after 20 percent was docked for missing weight)
Fitch def. Alves via unanimous decision
Clay Guida: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)
Rafael dos Anjos: $12,000
Guida def. Dos Anjos via submission (injury)
Matt Hughes: $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Ricardo Almeida: $35,000
Hughes def. Almeida via submission (front choke)
Junior dos Santos: $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 to win)
Roy Nelson: $15,000
Dos Santos def. Nelson via unanimous decision
Ricky Story: $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 to win)
Dustin Hazelett: $18,000
Story def. Hazelett via technical knockout (punches)
Phil Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 to win)
Rodney Wallace: $6,000
Davis def. Wallace via unanimous decision
Johny Hendricks: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Charlie Brenneman: $8,000
Hendricks def. Brenneman via technical knockout (punches)
Tim Boetsch: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Todd Brown: $6,000
Boetsch def. Brown via unanimous decision
Stefan Struve: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Christian Morecraft: $6,000
Struve def. Morecraft via knockout (punches)
Dennis Hallman: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Ben Saunders: $12,000
Hallman def. Saunders via unanimous decision
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the UFC often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night." To check out these figures for UFC 117 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the PPV event, which attracted an official crowd of 14,610 attendees and a live gate of more than $1.56 million, was nearly $1.03 million.