Weidman receives pay bump for UFC168

December 28, 2013

MMA Junkie reports the initial reported payouts for UFC 168 of the main and co-main events this Saturday.  Notably, Chris Weidman is receiving a huge raise in his first defense of his Middleweight crown against Anderson Silva.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the “show” and “win” salaries for UFC 168 which was obtained by MMA Junkie.

Anderson Silva will receive $600K (plus an additional $200K if he wins) in his first fight since dropping the title in July.  Weidman, who received just a base of $24K (and another $24K) for the win gets $200K to show and $200K.

Ronda Rousey will receive $50K plus another $50K if she defeats Miesha Tate.  Tate is scheduled to make $28K and another $28K if she pulls off the upset.

Josh Barnett is slated to receive $170K flat with no win bonus while his opponent, Travis Browne will receive $28K and $28K for a win.

Payout Perspective:

Weidman gets the biggest salary boost as he receives almost an 85% increase in pay from his July base salary.  Perhaps this is a sign of valuing the champions more as we saw Demetrious Johnson’s pay rise dramatically after his win earlier this month.

Rousey’s pay represents a $5K increase from her debut at UFC 157 where she received $45K/$45K.   Silva’s base salary is the same as it was at UFC 162.  Josh Barnett received a $10K bump in pay since his fight in August.

7 Responses to “Weidman receives pay bump for UFC168”

  1. Tops of on December 28th, 2013 5:56 PM

    UFC’s brand image got a huge hit after the Kennedy Munoz low pay exposé lol

  2. Tops of on December 28th, 2013 5:57 PM

    In a negative way

  3. Scott on December 29th, 2013 7:49 AM

    I think you meant to say Weidman is getting 8.5x his July money, not an 85% raise.

  4. Tops of on December 29th, 2013 12:57 PM

    100k for rousey minus the bonus? Lol….FAME >fortune = UFC

  5. BrainSmasher on December 30th, 2013 1:51 AM

    Send her some money Tops! In related news. Because she still has a reason to fight. She will be fighting again very soon. When people make a ton og money. They tend to stop figting and take long breaks. Screwing us fans in the process. So Ronda become a One Percenter in 1 single fight. How horrible!

  6. Tops of on December 30th, 2013 2:48 AM

    James toney got paid more by dw than rousey lol…..

  7. Diego on December 30th, 2013 2:25 PM

    BS loves for fighters to be underpaid so they can fight long past their prime and wind up seriously damaged and broke. He also thinks all fighters “owe” him fights.

    Fortunately, I think that Rousey and Tate will be making more than what is disclosed, because that salary structure is pathetic for a champ and a contender.

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