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Headliner Anderson Silva ($200,000) and main-card winners Matt Hughes ($200,000) and Jon Fitch ($108,000) were the top earners at this month's UFC 117 event.


MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and today received the list of officially disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.


The total disclosed payroll for the Aug. 7 event was $1.029 million.


UFC 117 took place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., and the main card aired live on pay-per-view. Silva scored a come-from-behind fifth-round submission victory to defend his middleweight belt against Chael Sonnen in the night's highly anticipated main event. Fitch edged fellow welterweight contender Thiago Alves in the co-headliner, and former 170-pound champ Hughes submitted Ricardo Almeida in a featured bout.


The total paydays included:


Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)

def. Chael Sonnen: $35,000


Jon Fitch: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)

def. Thiago Alves: $60,000


Clay Guida: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)

def. Rafael dos Anjos: $12,000


Matt Hughes: $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus)

def. Ricardo Almeida: $35,000


Junior Dos Santos: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)

def. Roy Nelson: $15,000


Rick Story: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)

def. Dustin Hazelett: $18,000


Phil Davis: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus)

def. Rodney Wallace: $6,000


Johny Hendricks: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)

def. Charlie Brenneman: $8000


Tim Boetsch: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)

def. Todd Brown: $6,000


Stefan Struve: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)

def. Christian Morecraft: $6,000


Dennis Hallman: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)

def. Ben Saunders: $12,000


Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the PPV revenue that some top-level fighters receive.


For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out $60,000 UFC 117 bonuses to Struve (Knockout of the Night), Silva and Hughes (Submissions of the Night), and Silva and Sonnen (Fights of the Night). Silva's double-bonus performance netted him an extra $120,000 in pay.


In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

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