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UFC 117 Salaries: Anderson Silva, Matt Hughes Top $1 Million Payroll

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and hall of famer Matt Hughes each earned $200,000 to top the $1.029 million payroll for last Saturday’s UFC 117 event in Oakland, according to figures released Monday by the California State Athletic Commission.

After nearly finishing Silva in the pay-per-view headliner only to be submitted in the fifth-round, challenger Chael Sonnen received $35,000, but has said he does not receive a cut of the pay-per-view sales.

Other top earners included Jon Fitch ($108,000), Junior dos Santos ($80,000), and Thiago Alves ($60,000).

The official UFC 117 fighter salaries were:


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


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

In addition to the salaries listed above, which are simply those disclosed by the UFC to the athletic commission and not representative of a fighter’s total earnings, Silva, Sonnen, Hughes, and Struve each earned $60,000 UFC 117 “fight night” bonuses.

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