Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) hopes to walk away from tonight’s UFC 160 event with the UFC heavyweight title around his waist. Whether he’s successful or not, he’ll find himself $400,000 richer.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that Velasquez is scheduled to make a flat $400,000 paycheck at UFC 160 with no win bonus on the line.
His opponent, Antonio Silva (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), is scheduled to make $75,000 to show and would earn another $75,000 with a win bonus.
Velasquez and Silva meet in the pay-per-view main event of “UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2,” which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The contest is a rematch of the pair’s May 2012 matchup, which Velasquez won via first-round TKO.
In the night’s heavyweight co-feature, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is scheduled to make $120,000 in show money with the potential for a $120,000 win bonus. His opponent, Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC), will make $160,000 flat fee with no win bonus on the line.
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 discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will provide a complete list of disclosed paydays for all 24 UFC 160 contestants sometime next week.
For the latest on UFC 160, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Cain Velasquez)