Belfort, Griffin Top Disclosed Salaries from UFC 126

By Staff Feb 7, 2011
Middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort and co-main-eventer Forrest Griffin pocketed event-high salaries of $275,000 for their work at Saturday’s UFC 126 in Las Vegas, according to numbers released to by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday.

For his spectacular first-round knockout of Belfort, middleweight champion Anderson Silva earned a base payment $200,000, with no win bonus. The figures disclosed by the NSAC do not include “locker room” bonuses issued by the promotion -- such as Silva’s $75,000 earned for “Knockout of the Night” honors -- nor pay-per-view revenue shares, which likely accounted for the remainder of Silva’s salary.

Former 205-pound champion Griffin took home a $125,000 purse with a $150,000 win bonus for his unanimous decision victory over ex-middleweight ace Rich Franklin ($75,000).

Topping the event’s undercard was Jon Jones, who netted $140,000 and a light heavyweight title shot by choking out Ryan Bader ($20,000) in the second round. Jones also secured a $75,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus for his rear-naked choke of the previously unbeaten wrestler.

Other top earners included former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres ($56,000), British slugger Paul Taylor ($36,000) and lightweight standout Donald Cerrone ($36,000), who took part in the “Fight of the Night” with Paul Kelly ($19,000).

UFC 126 ‘Silva vs. Belfort’ Payouts

Anderson Silva -- $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Vitor Belfort -- $275,000
Forrest Griffin -- $275,000 (including $150,000 win bonus) def. Rich Franklin -- $75,000
Jon Jones -- $140,000 (including $70,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Bader -- $20,000
Jake Ellenberger -- $32,000 (including $16,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha -- $8,000
Miguel Torres -- $56,000 (including $28,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos -- $9,000
Donald Cerrone -- $36,000 (including $18,000 win bonus) def. Paul Kelly -- $19,000
Chad Mendes -- $19,000 (including $9,000 win bonus) def. Michihiro Omigawa -- $8,000
Demetrious Johnson -- $10,000 (including $5,000 win bonus) def. Norifumi Yamamoto -- $15,000
Paul Taylor -- $36,000 (including $18,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger -- $8,000
Kyle Kingsbury -- $20,000 (including $10,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Romero -- $10,000
Mike Pierce -- $28,000 (including $10,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Robertson -- $6,000
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