UFC 139 Salary/Suspension Information

The fallout from UFC 139 has started to trickle down, including salaries/suspensions related to last weekend’s epic event, and without question there were a handful of results worth noting based on the numbers involved.

Regarding pay, Cung Le walked away with the evening’s largest salary despite his loss to Wanderlei Silva and relative inactivity in the ring. Le earned $350,000 for showing, plus an additional $70,000 for his role in the bout being named “Fight of the Night”, making his total takehome more than the combined money earned by the six athletes who opened the PPV card including Stephan Bonnar and Urijah Faber.

Other fighters with six-figure salaries were Faber (assisted by his “Submission of the Night” bonus), Silva, Dan Henderson, and Mauricio Rua.

Henderson, Rua, Gleison Tibau, and Michael McDonald topped the list of medical suspensions with a variety of fractures putting each man at risk of spending six months on the sidelines without a physician’s clearance.

Read below for complete listings of UFC 139 salary/suspension information as reported by the California State Athletic Commission…

SALARIES:

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) def. 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)

SUSPENSIONS:

Shamar Bailey – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO
Gleison Tibau – Suspended for 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance via x-ray for possible right thumb fracture
Tom Lawlor – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to submission
Alex Soto – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to knockout
Michael McDonald – Suspended for 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance via x-ray for a possible third finger fracture on his right hand
Jason Brilz – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO
Rick Story – Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving a clearance from a physician for a chin laceration
Martin Kampmann – Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician due to forehead and right eyebrow lacerations
Brian Bowles – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Cung Le – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to TKO; suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician due to a possible nasal fracture
Wanderlei Silva – Suspended for 60 days with no contact for 60 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for a right eyebrow laceration
Mauricio Rua – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days; suspended 60 days with no contest for 60 days for an eyebrow laceration; suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for possible facial and skull fracture
Dan Henderson – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days; suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days unless receiving clearance from a physician for a possible right thumb fracture. An MRI/CT scan is needed to be cleared

MMATraining Take: I’m still struggling to understand why Le made such a ridiculous amount and can only assume it had to do with his popularity in San Jose. As far as the suspensions, it’s amazing how many fighters’ may have broken something though I get the sense the CSAC could be a bit overprotective given the sentences issued for participants who were not necessarily hurt, just submitted.

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