UFC 168 fighter payouts and salaries for those who competed at the "Weidman vs. Silva 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (Dec. 28, 2013) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were released to MMAmania.com earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
No surprises here.
As expected, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva hauled in the most cash at $600,000 thanks to a monster 10-fight contract that will likely never be fulfilled, thanks to his gruesome leg break (pics). But financially speaking, main event winner Chris Weidman ($200,000) has a long way to go before he makes "Anderson Silva money."
Though it's a considerable improvement over the $48,000 he made at UFC 162.
Also pulling in beaucoup bucks was UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who scored a cool $100,000 for three rounds of work opposite longtime nemesis and fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 coach Miesha Tate. "Cupcake" limps home with just $28,000.
That's not all.
Here are the complete UFC 168 payouts and salaries:
Chris Weidman: $400,000 ($200,000 to show, $200,000 to win)
Anderson Silva: $600,000
Weidman def. Silva via technical knockout (injury)
Ronda Rousey: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Miesha Tate: $28,000
Rousey def. Tate via submission (armbar)
Travis Browne: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)
Josh Barnett: $170,000
Browne def. Barnett via knockout (elbows)
Jim Miller: $92,000 ($46,000 to show, $46,000 to win)
Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Miller def. Camoes via submission (armbar)
Dustin Poirier: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
Diego Brandao: $20,000
Poirier def. Brandao via knockout (punches)
Uriah Hall: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Chris Leben: $51,000
Hall def. Leben via technical knockout (retirement)
Michael Johnson: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Gleison Tibau: $39,000
Johnson def. Tibau via knockout (punches)
Dennis Siver: $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)
Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
Siver def. Gamburyan via unanimous deision
John Howard: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
Howard def. Bahadurzada via unanimous deision
William Macario Patolino: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Patolino def. Voelker via unanimous decision
Robbie Peralta: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Estevan Payan: $10,000
Peralta def. Payan via technical knockout (punches)
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 168: "Weidman vs. Silva 2" was $1,872,000.
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 168 click here.
For complete UFC 168 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.