UFC 153 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Silva vs. Bonnar’

Event: UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Date: Sat., Oct. 13, 2012
Venue: HSBC Arena
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Total Fights: 12
Attendance: 16,844
Gate: $2,550,000
Buy Rate: 410,000

UFC 153 is officially in the books. ‘Silva vs. Bonnar’-led card took place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 years ago. The twelve-fight-event featured some excellent fights and a bunch of nice finishes, punctuated by Anderson Silva’s TKO (Knee to the Body and Punches) victory over Stephan Bonnar. In the co-main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Dave Herman in round 2 by Submission (Armbar).

You can view UFC 153 results and full fight card.

UFC 153 bonus awards

Traditionally, UFC has handed out bonuses for Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Knockout of the Night. The bonuses ranged from $20,000 up to $120,000. In 2014, the promotion has announced the Performance of the Night bonuses will replace the existing Knockout and Submission of the Night awards. The bonuses will be $50,000 each. There are two types of awards:

  • Fight of the Night is awarded to both fighters in the best fight of the night.
  • Performance of the Night is awarded to fighters who put on the most thrilling individual performance.

Let’s take a closer look at the official UFC 153 bonus winners below:

There were twelve fights at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Rony Mariano Bezerra and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who will be leaving the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with an extra $50,000. Jon Fitch Vs. Erick Silva was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: The first knockout, submission, and fight of the night bonuses were awarded at UFC 70 in 2007.

UFC 153 fighter payouts

The salaries below are not official, but only an estimate. These payouts do not reflect the entire compensation for the event, as athletes may receive money from other undisclosed endorsements, Reebok sponsorship pay, and PPV points that some top-level fighters collect. Moreover, deductions for items such as insurance and licenses are not accounted for.

The list of fighter pay from UFC 153:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 153 event is PENDING.

UFC 153 attendance and gate

There were 16,844 fans inside the HSBC Arena for UFC 153 on October 13. The reported gate for the event is: $2,550,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 410,000.

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