UFC 160 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (May 25, 2013) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were released to MMAmania.com earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Not surprisingly, reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and the man he took the strap from, Junior dos Santos, were the top earners of the night. Cain banked a flat-fee of $400,000 for pounding out "Bigfoot" Silva while "Cigano" claimed $240,000 for finishing Mark Hunt.
Heavyweights = heavy paydays.
The "Super Samoan" may have lost out on a potential title shot; however, he'll have 160,000 reasons to feel better about himself after taking a trip to his local financial institution. Trailing behind the New Zealander were Mike Pyle and Donald Cerrone, who scored $84,000 and $82,000, respectively, for their winning performances.
Here is the complete list of UFC 160 payouts and salaries.
Junior dos Santos: $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 to win)
Mark Hunt: $160,000
Dos Santos def. Hunt via knockout
Robert Whittaker: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Colton Smith: $15,000
Whitatker def. Smith via technical knockout
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" was $1,533,000.
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 160 click here.
For complete UFC 160 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.