Middleweight champion Anderson
Silva earned an event-high $320,000 in his stirring submission
victory against Chael Sonnen
at UFC 117 “Silva vs. Sonnen” on Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in
Oakland, Calif., according to figures released on Monday by the
California State Athletic Commission.
Silva’s tally includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night” and $60,000
“Submission of the Night” bonuses. The champion, who had lost each
of the first four rounds, submitted Sonnen with a fifth-round
triangle choke to retain his middleweight crown and his place as
the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter. The end came with a Sonnen
tapout 3:10 into round five.
The win improved the 35-year-old Silva to 12-0 inside the Octagon,
though he spent nearly the entire fight underneath Sonnen. The
challenger banked $95,000 in defeat, his $60,000 “Fight of the
Night” bonus included.
UFC 117 “Silva vs. Sonnen” Payouts
Silva -- $320,000 (includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus,
$60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus)
Sonnen -- $95,000 (includes $60,000 “Fight of the Night”
Note: These numbers, sent to Sherdog.com by the California State
Athletic Commission, are disclosed pay only. UFC performance
bonuses, handed out separately by the promotion, are also noted.
These figures do not include additional bonuses or percentages of