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Forrest Griffin tops list of UFC 148 salaries

Nearly $1.5 million in salary was dished out over the weekend at UFC 148 with two fighters accounting for a third of it in the form of co-headliners Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz. Their bout marked the final meeting in a trilogy of tilts with Griffin coming out as the series’ winner based on his decision victory this past Saturday night.

Specifically, Griffin earned $350,000 in pay including a $150,000 win bonus, while Ortiz made $325,000. Both men received an additional $75,000 on top of their regularly contracted rates for their role in what was named the evening’s Fight of the Night.

Ortiz and Griffin were also among a select group of fighters topping the six-figure mark with Anderson Silva and Cung Le rounding out the quartet.

Read below for a full list of UFC 148 salaries including publicized event-specific bonuses (figures do not include other sums paid out by the UFC that are not reported to the NAC):

Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000
Shane Roller: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. John Alessio: $10,000
Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Riki Fukuda: $28,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Gleison Tibau: $31,000
Melvin Guillard: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus) def. Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Mike Easton: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ivan Menjivar: $13,000
Chad Mendes: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Cody McKenzie: $10,000
Demian Maia: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus) def. Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000
Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Patrick Cote: $21,000
Forrest Griffin: $350,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus) def. Tito Ortiz: $325,000 (includes $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Anderson Silva: $275,000 (includes Knockout of the Night bonus) def. Chael Sonnen: $50,000


  • Lord Faust says:

    Should be able to afford plenty of cookies and ice cream with that.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    50k for chael? That’s it? I really thought it’d be more then that. That doesn’t include ppv bonuses or locker room bonuses right?

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Correct, just his base salary.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Forrest dont deserve or did he earn more than silva and sonnen imo.the ufc is over rated these days. These were hardly the best fights of the year and whens the next title fight? To many intetam belts. If forrest is making that much $ he should be fighting top tier opponents so he can get ko ed and run off crying.their pay is based on favortism.

  • Lord Faust says:

    As requires repeating every time these payouts are disclosed:

    These are only the payouts disclosed to the NSAC and do not reflect sponsorships, discretionary bonuses, or anything else not defined in the specific bout agreement.

    I’d easily wager that Chael broke 7 digits on his total pay for this event. And he earned every cent if he did.


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