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Five UFC 126 fighters top six figures

This past weekend provided one of the UFC’s more-memorable events for a few reasons including Jon Jones’ ascension to title-contendership with a dominating performance against the formerly unbeaten Ryan Bader, as well as a clear-cut reminder of middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s greatness in the form of a fight-finishing, front-kick to the face of opponent Vitor Belfort. As such, perhaps it’s appropriate the payroll for UFC 126 was one for the ages including four fighters who exited the arena with more than $200,000 in salary in addition to a fifth with a six-figure paycheck in tow.

Topping the list of payouts, headliners Silva, Belfort, and Forrest Griffin earned $275,000 for their showings at the event. Silva’s total was assisted by a $75,000 bonus for “Knockout of the Night” while Griffin received $150,000 as the result of a bonus for emerging with the win.

Also included in the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s report, Jon Jones made $140,000 of base salary for the win over Bader plus another $75,000 for “Submission of the Night”.

Finally, Jones’ teammate at Greg Jackson’s in New Mexico, Donald Cerrone, earned $111,000 for his Rear-Naked Choke victory over Paul Kelly on the preliminary portion of the card. Cerrone’s initial take-home pay of $36,000 was tripled as the result of his role in the show’s “Fight of the Night”.

Here is a complete rundown of UFC 126 salary information as released including event-specific bonuses:

Mike Pierce – $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Robertson – $6,000
Kyle Kingsbury – $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Romero – $10,000
Paul Taylor – $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger – $8,000
Demetrious Johnson – $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto – $15,000
Chad Mendes – $19,000 (includes $9,500 win bonus) def. Michihiro Omigawa – $8,000
Donald Cerrone – $111,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus, $75,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Paul Kelly – $94,000 (includes $75,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Miguel Torres – $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos – $9,000
Jake Ellenberger – $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha –$8,000
Jon Jones – $215,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus, $75,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Ryan Bader – $20,000
Forrest Griffin – $275,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) def. Rich Franklin – $75,000
Anderson Silva – $275,000 (includes $75,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Vitor Belfort – $275,000


  • Angry Mike says:

    1). It pays more to win than to lose. Ryan Bader and Rich Franklin can explain that point.

    2). It pays even better if you’ve won consistently. Ask Jon Jones, Griffin, or Siva

    3). In order to hit the trifecta, you must also be marketable. Belfort’s paycheck, which is the same as Silva’s even with the bonus (is that really accurate?) proves it. Silva isn’t universally well-liked, but nobody seems to have anything bad to say about Belfort.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Do some research there’s alot more to the salary/ contract story than what’s disclosed…

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Damm Omigawa sure showed some heart fighting with half his eyebrow falling off. Mendes looks like he will be a BEAST at 145.

  • MCM says:

    Damn, Cerrone’s getting wall street money! Guaranteed 18k and walks away with $111,000! People bitch and moan all the time about fighter pay, but if you do your job right, the benefits are outstanding.

  • stone says:

    All I know is, I wouldn’t get in no cage with Bones for 20K… This is the 1st time this many fighters got 6 figures. I like it, I like it a lot! Bader can make more and be a champion in Strikeforce… UFC’s 205 division is too deep for Ryan, I know he was undefeated but I just don’t see him #7 or above anytyme soon.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Yes Ryan cold make more as the champion of Strikeforce. You have to be in Strikeforce and beat guys like Mousasi , Mo , Cavalcante , Kyle , Hendo and Babalu to become the champ. Don’t tell me you think he would do it easily. That isn’t easy. I hope guys like him see it as an option and go for it though.
    I’m pleased to see guys like Jones get big dollars.

  • joe mo mma says:

    wow.. kind of crazy how jones (70) makes more than 3 times what bader (20) does. all you need to make the big bucks is a couple of first round KOs. Glad Bones is making money tho.. he deserves it.


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