Monday, July 9, 2012
Forrest Griffin gets $275K at UFC 148
By Franklin McNeil ESPN.com
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday revealed the purse and win bonus for fighters who competed Saturday night at UFC 148 in Las Vegas.
Former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin topped the list with $275,000 ($125,000 purse, $150,000 win).
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The man Griffin defeated by unanimous decision, Tito Ortiz, walked away with a purse of $250,000. It was Ortiz's final professional fight. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon hours before his bout.
Griffin and Ortiz were each handed an additional $75,000 from UFC for "Fight of the Night" honors.
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva received a purse of $200,000 for his second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen. Silva did not receive a win bonus but picked up an additional $75,000 for "Knockout of the Night."
However, sources told ESPN.com that Silva is expected to earn several million dollars from UFC after pay-per-view and other event-related revenues have been tallied.
Sonnen earned $50,000 for his effort.
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le pocketed a $150,000 purse for his unanimous decision over Patrick Cote, who earned $21,000. Le did not get a win bonus.
Demian Maia, in his welterweight debut, got $96,000 ($48,000 purse, $48,000 win) after registering a first-round TKO of Dong Hyun Kim ($44,000).
Featherweight contender Chad Mendes received a $36,000 check ($18,000 purse, $18,000 win) for his first-round TKO of Cody McKenzie ($10,000).
Fast-rising bantamweight Mike Easton went home with $20,000 ($10,000 purse, $10,000 win) after improving to 3-0 inside the Octagon -- defeating Ivan Menjivar ($13,000) by unanimous decision.
Lightweight Melvin Guillard was the highest-paid undercard fighter, receiving $72,000 ($36,000 purse, $36,000 win) for his unanimous decision over Fabricio Camoes ($8,000).