UFC 139 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Shogun vs. Hendo" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (Nov. 19, 2011) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., were released to MMAmania.com this evening by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le got paid like a Hollywood action hero, pocketing $350,000 for his co main event nose re-arranging technical knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva, who earned $200,000 for finally resurrecting the "Axe Murderer" inside the Octagon.
Dan Henderson wasn't too far behind Le, earning a cool quarter-million for his 25-minute war with Mauricio Rua in the main event of the evening. "Shogun" left the "Shark Tank" with more than just cuts, bumps and bruises, taking home $165,000 to Brazil for his part in perhaps the "Fight of the Century" thus far.
Here is the complete list of UFC 139 salaries and payouts:
Dan Henderson -- $250,000
Mauricio Rua -- $165,000
Henderson defeated Rua via unanimous decision
Wanderlei Silva -- $200,000
Cung Le -- $350,000
Silva defeated Le via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Hendo" was $1,524,000.
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 139 click here. In addition, Pace and Bailey were required to forfeit 20 percent of their fight purses to their opponents for failing to make weight in their respective bouts.