UFC 132 Cruz vs. Faber Fighter Salaries: Tito Ortiz earns $450,000Posted on July 5, 2011, 04:44 PM by Joey Santosus
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday released the final salary figures for fighters competing on last Saturday's UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber card from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Leading the way was former Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz, who earned a flate rate of $450,000 for his career-saving first-round submission victory over Ryan Bader. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" caught Bader in a guillotine choke just 1:56 into the opening round, which equates to $3,879.31 a second... Not a bad pay day for a fighter picking up his first win since 2007, especially when one considers Ortiz's pre-fight revelation that he'd taken a pay cut to keep his job.
In a distant second was another veteran who put in a short night's work, as Wanderlei Silva took home $200,000 in defeat. In what was the legendary Brazilian's first outing in more than a year, "The Axe Murderer" opened up the bout with his customary double-fisted flurry before succumbing to a series of vicious uppercuts delivered by Chris Leben just 27 seconds into fight. Though UFC President Dana White hinted at Silva's retirement following the loss, at a pay rate $7,407.40 per second inside the octagon, it is no wonder that White's suggestion is being met with resistance by Wandi.
Complete fighter salaries are listed below (Total Payroll: $1,277,000):
Dominick Cruz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Urijah Faber: $32,000
Chris Leben: $92,000 ($46,000 win bonus) def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
Dennis Siver: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Matt Wiman: $18,000
Tito Ortiz: $450,000 (no win bonus) def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
Carlos Condit: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus) def. Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000
Melvin Guillard: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus) def. Shane Roller: $21,000
Rafael Dos Anjos: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. George Sotiropoulos: $15,000
Brian Bowles: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000
Aaron Simpson: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus) def. Brad Tavares: $10,000
Anthony Njokuani: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner: $14,000
Jeff Hougland: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Donny Walker: $6,000
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