UFC 168 was a costly night in more ways than one for the organization with $1,872,000 in payroll dished out.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva and Josh Barnett were among the top earners at the Dec. 28th event.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reported that the total disclosed payroll was $1,872,000.
Silva suffered a nasty leg break in the loss to Weidman. He earned a base pay of $600,000 and could have earned an additional $200,000 with a win. Weidman earned $400,000, with $200,000 coming from a win bonus. Barnett earned $170,000 in a knockout loss to Travis Browne. Browne got paid $56,000.
The full list of disclosed paydays included:
Champ Chris Weidman: $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Anderson Silva: $600,000
Champ Ronda Rousey: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Miesha Tate: $28,000
Travis Browne: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Barnett: $170,000
Jim Miller: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
def. Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Dustin Poirier: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $20,000*
Uriah Hall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Leben: $51,000
Michael Johnson: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau: $39,000
Dennis Siver: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
John Howard: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
William Macario: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Robert Peralta: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Estevan Payan: $10,000
* – Brandao was fined 25 percent of purse for missing weight; half went to NSAC and half to Poirier, which wasn’t included in his reported pay
The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes and do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. Additionally, they don’t include any pay-per-view revenue some fighters earn.
The UFC handed out additional $75,000 bonuses to Browne (“KO of the Night”), Rousey (“Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” for $150,000 total) and Tate (“Fight of the Night”).