UFC 117 Fighter Salaries: Anderson Silva, Matt Hughes Each Earn $200,000 Purse

The UFC 117 fighter salaries are in and Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes each received the highest purse with $200,000 for the Aug. 7 event in Oakland.

Silva earned $200,000 with no win bonus while Hughes made $100,000 to show and a $100,00 to win, according to disclosed salaries provided Tuesday by the California athletic commission to MMAFighting.com.

Attendance for the event at the Oracle Arena was 14,610 for a gross gate of $1,565,130.

Full salaries are below.

Please note that the purses provided by the commission do not necessarily represent a fighter's total earnings. Fighters are also paid through sponsorships and may collect extra bonuses from the UFC that are reported to the government but not to the commission. Also, since Silva received no win bonus, it was likely that he will receive a percentage of pay-per-view sales.

In addition to show and win money listed below, $60,000 post-fight bonuses were handed out Sonnen (Fight of the Night), Struve (KO of the Night) and Hughes (Submission of the Night). Silva collected two post-fight bonuses for Fight of the Night and a Submission of the Night award.

Pay-Per-View Bouts

Anderson Silva $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Chael Sonnen $35,000
Jon Fitch $54,000 + $54,000 (win) = $108,000 def. Thiago Alves* $60,000
Clay Guida $28,000 + $28,000 (win) = $56,000 def. Rafael Dos Anjos $12,000
Matt Hughes $100,000 + $100,000 (win) = $200,000 def. Ricardo Almeida $35,000
Junior dos Santos $40,000 + $40,000 (win) = $80,000 def. Roy Nelson $15,000

Preliminary Bouts
Rick Story $11,000 + $11,000 (win) = $22,000 def. Dustin Hazelett $18,000
Phil Davis $9,000 + $9,000 (win) = $18,000 def. Rodney Wallace $6,000
Johny Hendricks $20,000 + $20,000 (win) = $40,000 def. Charlie Brenneman $8,000
Tim Boetsch $16,000+ $16,000 (win) = $32,000 def. Todd Brown $6,000
Stefan Struve $15,000+ $15,000 (win) = $30,000 def. Christian Morecraft $6,000
Dennis Hallman $15,000+ $15,000 (win) = $30,000 def. Ben Saunders $12,000

*Although the change is not reflected on the commission's papers, Alves was fined 20% of his purse for failing to make weight.

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