Former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz not only walked away from UFC 132 with his hands raised after a crucial bout where his future was concerned but also exited the Fourth of July Weekend event as the card’s highest paid athlete.
According to a list of figures provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, “The Huntington Beach bad Boy” made $450,000 for his efforts in the Octagon against Ryan Bader who got a paltry $20,000 by comparison. Ortiz also netted an additional $75,000 for “Submission of the Night” meaning his total take-home from the show cracked a half-million dollars.
The only other fighter to hit the six-figure mark without an attached bonus was Wanderlei Silva who earned $200,000 or about $7,500 per second in the Octagon given his bout’s brevity. Meanwhile, opponent Chris Leben was issued a check for $92,000 after knocking Silva out in less than thirty seconds.
Read below for a complete breakdown of UFC 132 salary information including event-specific bonuses:
Jeff Hougland: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Donny Walker: $6,000
Anthony Njokuani: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner: $14,000
Aaron Simpson: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Brad Tavares: $10,000
Brian Bowles: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000
Rafael dos Anjos: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. George Sotiropoulos: $15,000
Melvin Guillard: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus) def. Shane Roller: $21,000
Carlos Condit: $143,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus, $75,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000
Tito Ortiz: $525,000 (includes $75,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
Dennis Siver: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Matt Wiman: $18,000
Chris Leben: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus) def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
Dominick Cruz: $115,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus, $75,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Urijah Faber: $107,000 (includes $75,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
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