UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez walked away from UFC 160 with both his title and the evening’s largest disclosed payday, pocketing a flat $400,000.
Velasquez bested Antonio Silva in Saturday’s headlining rematch, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “Bigfoot” took home $75,000 in defeat after eating a hard one-two from the champion that sent him to the mat, where Silva was pounded out from the turtle position 81 seconds into the opening round.
Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos earned the evening’s second-largest paycheck after ending Mark Hunt’s Cinderella run with a third-round spinning hook kick. “Cigano” netted $240,000 for his victory, including a $120,000 win bonus, while Hunt was handed $160,000 following his gutsy effort.
Other high earners for the pay-per-view event included Mike Pyle ($84,000), Donald Cerrone ($82,000), T.J. Grant ($50,000), Glover Teixeira ($48,000) and Jeremy Stephens ($48,000).
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for his or her performance.
UFC 160 Salaries
Cain Velasquez: $400,000 (no win bonus)
Antonio Silva: $75,000
Junior dos Santos: $240,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus)
Mark Hunt: $160,000
Glover Teixeira: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
James Te Huna: $30,000
T.J. Grant: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Gray Maynard: $45,000
Donald Cerrone: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
K.J. Noons: $41,000
Mike Pyle: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
Rick Story: $27,000
Dennis Bermudez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Max Holloway: $14,000
Robert Whittaker: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Colton Smith: $15,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Abel Trujillo: $8,000
Stephen Thompson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Nah-Shon Burrell: $9,000
George Roop: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Brian Bowles: $19,000
Jeremy Stephens: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Estevan Payan: $10,000