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Cung made 420k for the Wanderlei fight

Cbear2011-11-24 22:16:10 +0000 #1
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November 21 2011 Last updated at 09:30 PM ET

UFC Paid Cung Le $420,000 for Wanderlei Silva Fight at UFC 139

By Michael David Smith

The UFC spent a whole lot of money to get Cung Le into the Octagon.

Le, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion who made his UFC debut at UFC 139, made at least $420,000 for the fight, according to the promotion and the California State Athletic Commission. That payment includes a purse of $350,000 (disclosed by the commission) and a bonus of $70,000 (which UFC President Dana White announced that Le received for winning a Fight of the Night award for his loss to Wanderlei Silva).

That made Le the highest-paid fighter at UFC 139, at least based on what has been publicly disclosed. Pay-per-view bonuses are not disclosed, and fighters also make separate endorsement income.

The $420,000 payment is a substantial raise for Le, who made $100,000 for his last fight, a win over Scott Smith in June of 2010. The UFC's decision to pay Le so much was likely motivated by a desire to see his exciting style inside the Octagon, and motivated by the knowledge that Le makes enough money in movies that he wouldn't agree to take a fight unless he was going to be well compensated.

The full list of UFC 139 salaries:

Dan Henderson: $320,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Mauricio Rua: $235,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Wanderlei Silva: $270,000 (includes $70,000 FIght of the Night bonus)

Cung Le: $420,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Urijah Faber: $134,000 (includes $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus and $32,000 win bonus)

Brian Bowles: $19,000

Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)

Rick Story: $19,000

Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)

Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000

Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)

Jason Brilz: $13,000

Michael McDonald: $84,000 (includes $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus and $7,000 win bonus)

Alex Soto: $6,000

Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)

Tom Lawlor: $12,000

Gleison Tibau: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)

Rafael dos Anjos: $16,000

Miguel Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)

Nick Pace: $4,000

Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)

Matt Brown: $12,000

Danny Castillo: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)

Shamar Bailey: $8,000


Cbear2011-11-24 22:17:50 +0000 #2
Cung has a base of 350k?

He has one hell of an agent.
split decision2011-11-24 22:35:43 +0000 #3
Cunning-ly made off with the big money!
ZeGerman2011-11-24 23:09:55 +0000 #4
The undisclosed sums must be huge, there is no way that Wandy, Henderson and Shogun make less than Le. I don´t get why they pay Le that much in the first place since I don´t think he has proven to be a draw.
ZeGerman2011-11-24 22:30:38 +0000 #5
BTW does anybody know how this undisclosed sums thing work? What keeps the UFC from reporting figures like 50k for a guy like Henderson and giving him more behind closed doors. If they did that with Cung Le in the first place (reporting his salary lower than Henderson and the rest) people wouldn´t question the payout structure at all. This stuff confuses me
DriveBy732011-11-25 00:16:55 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by ZeGerman

The undisclosed sums must be huge, there is no way that Wandy, Henderson and Shogun make less than Le. I don´t get why they pay Le that much in the first place since I don´t think he has proven to be a draw.

In San Jose he is a draw, maybe it was a one time thing for that particular event.

Glad that they gave out two fight of the night bonuses.

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