UFC 126 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Silva vs. Belfort" pay-per-view event this past Saturday night (Feb. 5) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
"The Spider" (who likely gets a pay-per-view cut in lieu of a win bonus) banked $200,000 for his knockout win over "The Phenom," who took home $275,000 and the night's second-biggest check in defeat.
He would have captured the top spot, but original TUF guy and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin slugged out a win against former middleweight kingpin Rich Franklin to double-up his salary and tie the Brazilian at $275k.
"Ace" went home with a $75,000 for his losing effort in the card's co-main event.
The only other fighter to break triple digits was new light heavyweight number one contender Jon Jones, who collected a $140,000 bounty for delivering the scalp of the formerly undefeated Ryan Bader ($20,000).
Here is the complete list of UFC 126 payouts:
Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
Vitor Belfort: $275,000
Silva def. Belfort via KO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:25
Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($125,000 to show, $150,000 to win)
Rich Franklin: $75,000
Griffin def. Franklin via unanimous decision
Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Ryan Bader: $20,000
Jones def. Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2, 4:20
The total disclosed payroll for the UFC 126 was $1.305 million.
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 126 go here.