No matter what Chris Weidman does against Anderson Silva in the main event of tomorrow night's (Sat., July 6, 2013) UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he'll only make no more than one-twelfth of the current middleweight champion. Officially, at least.
That's according to the payouts and salaries released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), who delivered the numbers to Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie today (July 5, 2013).
Weidman is still operating on a contract that pays him $24,000 to show and another $24,000 if he is to emerge victorious. Silva, meanwhile, gets a flat salary of $600,000 as long as he gets to the cage and participates in a sanctioned mixed martial arts (MMA) bout, as well as another $200,000 if he pushes his record win-streak to 17.
Of course, none of this is accounting for the considerable bonuses that will likely be handed out, not to mention PPV points and so on and so forth. Surely these two will be sitting pretty once the checks start rolling after the buyrate comes in
It also doesn't include any "Of the Night" bonuses and awards.
The salaries for the co-main event fighters were also reported.
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who will fight at featherweight for the second time, will make $120,000 to show with another $120,000 on the line if he can manage to snap his career-worst three-fight losing streak.
His opponent, the underdog Charles Oliveira, is on a deal of $21,000 to show with an additional $21,000 at sake if he can pull off what would be considered a massive upset over the former champion.
The rest of the card isn't available at this time but expect that to change sometime next week.
Keep in mind, again, 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.
And, really, who cares about how much they make right now, right? Let's just get to the fights!
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., July 6, 2013), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (PPV). The latest play-by-play fight updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that, however, around 7 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" undercard bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.
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