Shortly after submitting BJJ blackbelt Ricardo Almeida for the first time in his MMA career at UFC 117, welterweight icon Matt Hughes mentioned his intent to enjoy a bit of hunting during his time off between fights. If the former UFC champion’s pay for the event is any indication, it appears Hughes will be able to afford more than a few shiny new guns and camouflaged outfits for his upcoming endeavors.
According to figures released by the CSAC and later reported by MMAFighting, Hughes made $200,000 for his win over Almeida (as well as $60,000 for earning “Submission of the Night”). He was only topped by current UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in terms of take-home pay.
Also making six-figures for a win at the event was Jon Fitch. In addition to earning a shot at the UFC welterweight title by beating Thiago Alves the American Kickboxing Academy staple also earned $108,000 in pay for the unanimous decision victory.
Here is a complete rundown of “UFC 117” payment information made available including event-specific bonuses:
Dennis Hallman: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Ben Saunders: $12,000
Stefan Struve: $90,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Christian Morecraft: $6,000
Tim Boetsch: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Todd Brown: $6,000
Johny Hendricks: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Charlie Brenneman: $8,000
Phil Davis: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Rodney Wallace: $6,000
Rick Story: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Hazelett: $18,000
Junior dos Santos: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $15,000
Matt Hughes: $260,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus, $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Ricardo Almeida: $35,000
Clay Guida: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $12,000
Jon Fitch: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Alves: $48,000*
Anderson Silva: $320,000 (includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus, $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Chael Sonnen: $95,000 (includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
* – Alves’ original salary was $60,000 but took a 20% hit for not making weight against Fitch