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:
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.