Silva, Edgar Top UFC 125 Payroll

Edgar-Maynard Staredown

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UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and light heavyweight threat Thiago Silva took home the biggest paydays from the $872,000 fighter payroll for “UFC 125: Resolution” this past Saturday.

MMAjunkie.com received the list of salaries from the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today.

Edgar, who took in $102,000 for his efforts, fought to a draw with Gray Maynard in the main event of the New Year’s Day show, thus keeping his title after battling back on the scorecards to recover from a very one-sided first frame. Both he and Maynard received win bonuses, which earned Maynard a total of $52,000 for his performance.

But neither the 155 lb. champion, nor the top contender raked in the biggest payday, as light heavyweight Thiago Silva earned a healthy $110,000 for his dominant performance against Brandon Vera. Silva easily out-muscled Vera, managing to take him to the ground at will, beating him up once they hit the mats. Following ground and pound, open-palm strikes, and Silva playing the drums on Vera’s back, the Brazilian slugger walked away with one of the more humiliating decision victories we’ve seen in some time.

The full list of fighter earnings can be found below:

Frankie Edgar: $102,000 ($51,000 win bonus)
Gray Maynard: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus)

Brian Stann: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus)
Chris Leben: $46,000

Thiago Silva: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus)
Brandon Vera: $60,000

Dong Hyun Kim: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus)
Nate Diaz: $33,000

Clay Guida: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus)
Takanori Gomi: $50,000

Jeremy Stephens: $36,000 ($18,000)
Marcus Davis: $31,000

Dustin Poirier: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus)
Josh Grispi: $15,000

Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Phil Baroni: $25,000

Diego Nunes: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Mike Brown: $23,000

Daniel Roberts: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
Greg Soto: $8,000

Jacob Volkmann: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
Antonio McKee: $15,000

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