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UFC 125 fighter salaries and paydays for 'Resolution'


The official fighter purses for those who competed at UFC 125: "Resolution" this past Saturday night (Jan. 1) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Ferocious light heavyweight Thiago Silva was the top earner of the night, battering Brandon Vera en route to a $110,000 payday in his first fight in almost a year since recovering from a back injury.

"The Truth" earned $60,000 in defeat.

Right behind Silva was UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar, who by record was the recipient of his $51,000 base salary after battling number one contender Gray Maynard to a draw.

The UFC however, has reportedly agreed to award both fighters their win bonuses despite the even finish, putting "The Answer" at $102,000 and "The Bully" at $42,000.

Also bringing in boku bucks was undefeated welterweight prospect Dong Hyun Kim, who banked a cool $70,000 for outworking Nate Diaz ($33,000) for the three round unanimous decision win.

Here is the complete list of UFC 125 payouts:

Frankie Edgar -- $102,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)
Gray Maynard -- $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Edgar and Maynard fought to a five-round draw

Brian Stann -- $42,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)
Chris Leben -- $46,000
Stann def. Leben via technical knockout

Thiago Silva -- $110,000 ($55,000 to show, $55,000 to win)
Brandon Vera -- $60,000
Silva def. Vera via unanimous decision

Dong Hyun Kim -- $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 to win)
Nate Diaz -- $33,000
Kim def. Diaz via unanimous decision

Clay Guida -- $62,000 ($31,000 to show, $31,000 to win)
Takanori Gomi -- $50,000
Guida def. Gomi via submission (guillotine choke)

Dustin Poirier -- $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Josh Grispi -- $15,000
Poirier def. Grispi via unanimous decision

Brad Tavares -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Phil Baroni -- $25,000
Tavares def. Baroni via knockout

Jacob Volkmann -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Antonio McKee -- $15,000
Volkmann def. McKee via split decision

Jeremy Stephens -- $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Marcus Davis -- $31,000
Stephens def. Davis via knockout

Diego Nunes -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Mike Brown -- $23,000
Nunes def. Brown via split decision

Daniel Roberts -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Greg Soto -- $8,000
Roberts def. Soto via submission (Kimura)

The total disclosed payroll for the UFC 125 was $872,000.

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 125 go here.

For complete UFC 125 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.

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