The fighter salaries are out for UFC 168, with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) revealing today to MMAInsider.net that Anderson Silva was the top earner, taking home $600,000 for his main event appearance in which he lost to Chris Weidman in bizarre circumstances, suffering a broken leg following a checked leg kick. Weidman meanwhile took home $400,000, which included a $200,000 bonus.
In the co-main event Ronda Rousey earned $100,000, including her win bonus, for her submission victory over Miesha Tate, who took home $28,000.
Other high earners on the card included Josh Barnett, who received $170,000, despite losing out to Travis Browne, and Jim Miller who’s payment including his win bonus came to $92,000.
You can check out the full list of salaries below for UFC 168, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please note, the figures that follow are based on the information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including a fighters base pay and win bonus. These figures do not include any bonuses or sponsorships that the fighter may have received as well as not including deductions for items such as tax, insurance and licenses, among other things.
Chris Weidman: $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
Anderson Silva: $600,000
Ronda Rousey: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Miesha Tate: $28,000
Travis Browne: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Josh Barnett: $170,000
Jim Miller: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Dustin Poirier: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Diego Brandao: $20,000
Uriah Hall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Chris Leben: $51,000
Michael Johnson: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Gleison Tibau: $39,000
Dennis Siver: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
John Howard: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
William Macario: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Robbie Peralta: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Estevan Payan: $10,000
The medical suspensions stemming from the event were also revealed today, with Anderson Silva requiring medical clearance from a doctor if he wishes to return within the next six month, due to the broken leg he suffered during the bout. However, the chances of Silva returning to the octagon within six months are extremely unlikely and it’s perhaps somewhat surprising that the suspension was not longer. Worryingly, the official document provided by the NSAC actually states that the suspension is due to a broken right leg when in fact it was the left leg which Silva injured during the bout.
Also facing six month on the sidelines are Josh Barnett, following his knockout loss to Travis Browne on the main card. Barnett will need clearance from a doctor following a facial fracture, which was almost certainly caused by the vicious elbows from Browne that led to the stoppage.
Dustin Poirier, who defeated Diego Brandao at the event, was also given a six month suspension due to a shoulder injury, along with Manny Gamburyan who is potentially out for six months due to a knee injury.
You can check out the full list of medical suspensions below.
Anderson Silva must have orthopedic clearance on broken right leg or have no contest until June 27, 2014. *
Josh Barnett is suspended with no contact until Feb. 26, 2014 and must have maxillofacial fracture cleared by a facial surgeon or plastic surgeon or no contest until June 27, 2014.
Dustin Poirier is suspended until Jan. 27, 2014 with no contact until Jan. 18. He must have his right shoulder cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 27, 2014.
Diego Brandao is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014.
Chris Leben is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 for facial lacerations with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014.
Gleison Tibau is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 for facial laceration with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014.
Dennis Siver is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 due to scalp lacerations with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014.
Manny Gamburyan is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014 and must also have MRI on his left knee and be cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 28, 2014.
William Macario must have an x-ray of his right hand and be cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 28, 2014.
Bobby Voelker is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 due to facial and scalp lacerations with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014.
Estevan Payan is suspended until Feb. 11, 2014 with no contact until Jan. 27, 2014.
* Despite the official document from the NSAC stating that Silva’s suspension is due to a broken right leg, it was actually Silva’s left leg that he broke during the bout.