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Cung Le emerges as highest paid fighter at UFC 139

Despite suffering a knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le picked up $420,000 for his efforts at UFC 139 this past weekend. Le’s check includes $70,000 he was awarded with Silva for one of two “Fight of the Night” honors as well as $350,000 in base salary. Comparably, Silva picked up $270,000 for his efforts in defeating Le.

Main event fighters Dan Henderson ($320,000) and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua ($235,000) were also named “Fight of the Night” after their thrilling five-round war that sent both men to the hospital afterwards.

Urijah Faber pushed his salary to $134,000 after earning both a $32,000 win bonus and another $70,000 for claiming a “Submission of the Night” bonus after choking out Brian Bowles. On top of the money, Faber also earned a shot at UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz with his victory.

The listed salaries for the fighters do not include any locker room bonus or money earned from sponsorships.

Here is a full rundown of UFC 139 payroll including event-specific bonuses:

Danny Castillo: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000
Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Brown: $12,000
Miguel Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Nick Pace: $4,000
Gleison Tibau: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000
Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000
Michael McDonald: $84,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) Alex Soto: $6,000
Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,00 win bonus) def. Jason Brilz: $13,000
Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000
Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus) def. Rick Story: $19,000
Urijah Faber: $134,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus, $70,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Brian Bowles: $19,000
Wanderlei Silva: $270,000 (no win bonus, includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Cung Le: $420,000 (includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Dan Henderson: $320,000 (no win bonus, includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Mauricio Rua: $235,000 (includes $70,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE