It was a nice return to the Octagon and homecoming for Big Nog last night at UFC 153 - he got himself a victory, a Submission of the Night bonus, as well as earning the biggest payday.
Before we go any further, we should note that international events generally don't release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official. However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter's pay based on official purse info released from past fights. So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 24 fighters that traded blows at the event (but please remember - this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event).
Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Gate: $2.5-2.6 million
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $470,000 ($250,000 to show, $150,000 win bonus, $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Anderson Silva: $200,000
Jon Fitch: $190,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Demian Maia: $96,000 ($48,000 to show, $48,000 win bonus)
Rony Mariano Bezerra: $86,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Erick Silva: $78,000 ($8,000 to show, $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Gleison Tibau: $62,000 ($31,000 to show, $31,000 win bonus)
Phil Davis: $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus)
Stephan Bonnar: $34,000
Glover Teixeira: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)
Diego Brandao: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)
Dave Herman: $21,000
Rick Story: $19,000
Luiz Cane: $19,000
Sergio Moraes: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Cristiano Marcello: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Wagner Prado: $16,000
Fabio Maldonado: $11,000
Sam Sicilia: $8,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $8,000
Reza Madadi: $8,000
Joey Gambino: $6,000
Renee Forte: $6,000
I wonder how much Anderson really got? I wouldn't be surprised if it was multiple millions with all his bonuses and sponsors and whatnot.
@CollegeWolf Multiple millions for sure. He's one of the top paid guys in the company.
@CollegeWolf But the UFC can afford it - I just updated the article with attendance and gate info. The company made some dough last night.
@Jeff Fox Oh nice, well that's good to hear then. And win-win!
@CollegeWolf I can usually tell how strong the PPV buyrate will be based on the amount of traffic I get on the site the day after. I'm getting much more traffic today than I did after UFC 152, so my guess is it will be a strong seller.
@Jeff Fox Oh yeah, wow. I wonder what the Buyrate will be???
How can Glover and Erick Silva make so little?!? And poor Fabiola is going to need all of that 10K for medical bills...