UFC 139 Salaries: Le, Hendo, Wand, Rua Collect Largest Checks

By Mike Whitman Nov 22, 2011
Cung Le may not have walked away from the HP Pavilion with a victory last Saturday night, be he did take home the evening’s largest fight purse.

According to numbers released Monday by the California State Athletic Commission, Le earned $350,000 in defeat at UFC 139 in San Jose, Calif. The sanshou specialist was knocked out by former Pride Fighting Championships 205-pound king Wanderlei Silva, who took home $200,000 for his efforts.

Main event winner Dan Henderson also left he building with a handsome sum, pocketing $250,000 for his epic, five-round unanimous decision victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who netted $165,000.

All four aforementioned competitors were handed “Fight of the Night” by UFC President Dana White, adding an additional $70,000 to their respective totals.

“Knockout of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” were awarded to Michael McDonald ($14,000) and Urijah Faber ($64,000), both of whom also walked away with an additional $70,000.

UFC 139 salaries:

Dan Henderson: $320,000
(includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” Bonus)

Mauricio Rua: $235,000
(includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” Bonus)

Wanderlei Silva: $270,000
(includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” Bonus)

Cung Le: $420,000
(includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” Bonus)

Urijah Faber: $134,000
(includes $32,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Submission of the Night” Bonus)

Brian Bowles: $19,000

Martin Kampmann: $58,000
(includes $29,000 win bonus)

Rick Story: $19,000

Stephan Bonnar: $68,000
(includes $34,000 win bonus)

Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000

Ryan Bader: $48,000
(includes $24,00 win bonus)

Jason Brilz: $13,000

Michael McDonald: $84,000
(includes $7,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” Bonus)

Alex Soto: $6,000

Chris Weidman: $24,000
(includes $12,000 win bonus)

Tom Lawlor: $12,000

Gleison Tibau: $54,000
(includes $27,000 win bonus)

Rafael dos Anjos: $16,000

Miguel Torres: $60,400
(includes $30,000 win bonus)*

Nick Pace: $3,200*

Seth Baczynski: $16,000
(includes $8,000 win bonus)

Matt Brown: $12,000

Danny Castillo: $34,800
(includes $17,000 win bonus)**

Shamar Bailey: $6,400**

* - Pace forfeited 20 percent of his purse ($800) for coming in overweight; $400 was given to Torres and $400 was given to the CSAC.

** - Bailey forfeited 20 percent of his purse ($1,600) for coming in overweight; $800 was given to Castillo and $800 was given to the CSAC.

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