MoneyThe NSAC has released the fighter salaries for UFC 126. Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional undisclosed discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view revenue sharing bonuses or sponsorship money, which in many cases exceeds a fighter’s base pay. These numbers also do not account for taxes, insurance, and license fees.

Anderson Silva (with his KO bonus), Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin all tied with highest payouts for UFC 126, each earning a disclosed $275,000. New UFC light heavyweight title contender Jon Jones wasn’t far behind with $215,000 with his bonuses factored. It’s quite a staggering number for someone still in a relatively early stage of his career. Donald Cerrone must be thrilled to finally be in the UFC. He broke six figures for the first time in his career with the FOTN bonus.


Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
    Vitor Belfort: $275,000
  • Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($125k + $150k win bonus)
    Rich Franklin: $75,000
  • Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70k + $70k)
    Ryan Bader: $20,000
  • Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16k + $16k)
    Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
  • Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28k + $28k)
    Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
  • Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18k + $18k)
    Paul Kelly: $19,000
  • Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9.5k + $9.5k)
    Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
  • Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5k + $5k)
    Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
  • Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18k + $18k)
    Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
  • Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
    Ricardo Romero: $10,000
  • Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14k + $14k)
    Kenny Robertson: $6,000


$75,000 bonus to each fighter.

  • Knockout of the Night – Anderson Silva
  • Submission of the Night – Jon Jones
  • Fight of the Night – Donald Cerrone & Paul Kelly

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $1,605,000, including all bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.