Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Forrest Griffin reacts prior to his fight against Tito Ortiz (not pictured) during a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
UFC 148 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (July 7, 2012) from the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas were released to MMAmania.com earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Longtime UFC veteran and former 205-pound division champion Forrest Griffin beat out main event headliner and middleweight champion Anderson Silva with a $275,000 payday, which he earned for his unanimous decision win over Tito Ortiz ($250,000) in their light heavyweight rubber match.
"The Spider" banked a flat fee of $200,000, to go along with the rumored multimillion dollar incentive needed to convince him to rematch Chael Sonnen ($50,000) in the first place. That's not far off from the $150,000 check Cung Le will be cashing for outpointing Patrick Cote ($21,000).
But that's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC 148 salaries and payouts:
Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
Chael Sonnen: $50,000
Silva def. Sonnen via technical knockout
Forrest Griffin $275,000 ($125,000 to show, $150,000 to win)
Tito Ortiz: $250,000
Griffin def. Ortiz via unanimous decision
Cung Le: $150,000 (No win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $21,000
Le def. Cote via unanimous decision
Demian Maia: $96,000 ($48,000 to show, $48,000 to win)
Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000
Maia def. Kim via technical knockout
Mike Easton: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Ivan Menjivar: $13,000
Easton def. Menjivar via unanimous decision
Chad Mendes: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Cody McKenzie: $10,000
Mendes def. McKenzie via technical knockout
Habib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Gleison Tibau: $31,000
Nurmagomedov def. Tibau via unanimous decision
Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Riki Fukuda: $28,000
Philippou def. Fukuda via unanimous decision
Melvin Guillard: $72,000 ($36,000 to show, $36,000 to win)
Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Guillard def. Camoes via unanimous decision
Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000
Oliveira def. Izquierdo via unanimous decision
Shane Roller: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
John Alessio: $10,000
Roller def. Alessio via unanimous decision
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" was $1,438,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as PPV bonuses, among others. 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 148 click here.
For complete UFC 148 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.