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Former champion Anderson Silva earns his UFC 168 payday the hard way

EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT: Anderson Silva, of Brazil screams, after kicking Chris Weidman ,of Baldwin, N.Y., and injuring his leg during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won during the second round by a technical knock out after the kick by Silva. (AP Photo/David Becker)
December 30, 2013 - 10:19 AM

TORONTO - Anderson Silva, who was stretchered out of the cage after a gruesome leg injury, earned a basic purse of US$600,000 for his painful UFC 168 loss to middleweight champion Chris (The All-American) Weidman.

Weidman's purse was $400,000, including a $200,000 win bonus, according to figures released Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

In truth, the 38-year-old Brazilian and 29-year-old champion will have made much more from Saturday's showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Zuffa, the company that owns the UFC, is a privately held outfit and only reveals part of fighters' compensation packages.

For Silva, that would certainly mean a payday in the millions thanks to a cut of the lucrative pay-per-view pie.

It was money hard-earned. Silva lost in grotesque fashion when his left leg broke, when a kick was checked by Weidman. The replay of his essentially untethered ankle and foot flapping around Weidman's leg is sickening.

The Brazilian underwent surgery after the fight, with a intramedullary rod into his left tibia. The fibula was also broken but was stabilized without additional surgery.

"Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time," Zuffa said in a statement Sunday. "Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months."

"Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover."

Silva, who missed out on a $200,000 win bonus, tweeted a photo Sunday of he and his family laughing as they sat together on a couch.

"Thank you to all my fans and friends, I will be better soon, now I need to be with my family to recovering better," he posted.

Silva's purse numbers were the same as those for UFC 162 in July, when he lost his title to Weidman. The challenger's basic show purse that night was $24,000 but it escalated to $98,000, including $50,000 for fight of the night and a $24,000 win bonus.

Women's bantamweight champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey who won Saturday's co-main event, will also undoubtedly get more than what was listed by the Nevada commission.

Rousey, who defeated rival Miesha Tate by third-round submission, collected a minimum of $250,000, including a $50,000 win bonus and $150,000 for fight and submission of the night.

Tate earned $103,00, including her part of the fight of the night bonus.

Heavyweight Travis Browne made $131,000, including $75,000 for KO of the night and a $28,000 win bonus. Loser Josh Barnett collected $170,000.

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