Typically the highest paid fighter at UFC event tends to be an individual who came away with a win or at least a competitor with an impressive list of in-ring accomplishments. However, such was not the case at UFC 139 where 39-year old Cung Le exited the arena with $350,000 in base pay despite his loss to Wanderlei Silva, putting him at $100,000 more than the victorious Dan Henderson who came in at #2 on the list of salaries provided by the California State Athletic Commission.
While extremely popular in the San Jose area where the event was held, a factor possibly playing into his deal with the UFC, Le held an overall record of 7-1 entering his co-headlining clash on Saturday night, hadn’t fought in nearly 18 months, and was only a single win removed from being knocked out by middle-of-the-road opponent Scott Smith.
Other notable salaries in the six-figure range included Silva ($200,000) and Mauricio Rua ($165,000). Urijah Faber also broke the plateau once his “Submission of the Night” distinction for tapping out Brian Bowles was factored in, earning $64,000 for the victory and another $70,000 for the bonus.
Here is the complete list of UFC 139 salary information including event-specific bonuses:
Danny Castillo: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000
Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Brown: $12,000
Miguel Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Nick Pace: $4,000
Gleison Tibau: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000
Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000
Michael McDonald: $84,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Alex Soto: $6,000
Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,00 win bonus) def. Jason Brilz: $13,000
Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000
Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus) def. Rick Story: $19,000
Urijah Faber: $134,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Brian Bowles: $19,000
Wanderlei Silva: $270,000 (no win bonus, includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Cung Le: $420,000 (includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Dan Henderson: $320,000 (no win bonus, includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Mauricio Rua: $235,000 (includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
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