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UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen Salaries

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen was an exciting card to say the least. So it would make sense that there would be some big payouts, as the UFC likes to reward fighters for great performances. Both Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes toppled the salary payouts walking away with $200,000 each for their fights. Here is the disclosed salaries from the California State Athletic Comission (CSAC).

Pay-Per-View Bouts
Anderson Silva $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Chael Sonnen $35,000
Jon Fitch $54,000 + $54,000 (win) = $108,000 def. Thiago Alves* $60,000
Clay Guida $28,000 + $28,000 (win) = $56,000 def. Rafael Dos Anjos $12,000
Matt Hughes $100,000 + $100,000 (win) = $200,000 def. Ricardo Almeida $35,000
Junior dos Santos $40,000 + $40,000 (win) = $80,000 def. Roy Nelson $15,000

Preliminary Bouts
Rick Story $11,000 + $11,000 (win) = $22,000 def. Dustin Hazelett $18,000
Phil Davis $9,000 + $9,000 (win) = $18,000 def. Rodney Wallace $6,000
Johny Hendricks $20,000 + $20,000 (win) = $40,000 def. Charlie Brenneman $8,000
Tim Boetsch $16,000+ $16,000 (win) = $32,000 def. Todd Brown $6,000
Stefan Struve $15,000+ $15,000 (win) = $30,000 def. Christian Morecraft $6,000
Dennis Hallman $15,000+ $15,000 (win) = $30,000 def. Ben Saunders $12,000
Pay-Per-View Bouts
Anderson Silva $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Chael Sonnen $35,000
Jon Fitch $54,000 + $54,000 (win) = $108,000 def. Thiago Alves* $60,000
Clay Guida $28,000 + $28,000 (win) = $56,000 def. Rafael Dos Anjos $12,000
Matt Hughes $100,000 + $100,000 (win) = $200,000 def. Ricardo Almeida $35,000
Junior dos Santos $40,000 + $40,000 (win) = $80,000 def. Roy Nelson $15,000

Preliminary Bouts
Rick Story $11,000 + $11,000 (win) = $22,000 def. Dustin Hazelett $18,000
Phil Davis $9,000 + $9,000 (win) = $18,000 def. Rodney Wallace $6,000
Johny Hendricks $20,000 + $20,000 (win) = $40,000 def. Charlie Brenneman $8,000
Tim Boetsch $16,000+ $16,000 (win) = $32,000 def. Todd Brown $6,000
Stefan Struve $15,000+ $15,000 (win) = $30,000 def. Christian Morecraft $6,000
Dennis Hallman $15,000+ $15,000 (win) = $30,000 def. Ben Saunders $12,000

In addition to show and win money listed above, $60,000 post-fight bonuses were handed out Sonnen (Fight of the Night), Struve (KO of the Night) and Hughes (Submission of the Night). Silva collected two post-fight bonuses for Fight of the Night and a Submission of the Night award.
*Although the change is not reflected on the commission’s papers, Alves was fined 20% of his purse for failing to make weight.

Please note that the purses provided by the commission do not necessarily represent a fighter’s total earnings. Fighters are also paid through sponsorships and may collect extra bonuses from the UFC that are reported to the government but not to the commission. Also, since Silva received no win bonus, it was likely that he will receive a percentage of pay-per-view sales.

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