by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday released the salaries for WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez, featuring a bantamweight title bout between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez. The event takes place Wednesday at the Pearl at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.
In the listings below, “Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show. “Main Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in the main event. “Preliminary Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the main card goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV or Internet broadcast.
MMAWeekly.com will have a revised article on WEC 50 fighter salaries following the event.
(The first number below shows the amount of money a fighter is paid for participating in the fight, his “show” money. The second number indicates how much that fighter receives if he is victorious, his “win” money.)
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
-Dominick Cruz: $11,000/$11,000 vs. Joseph Benavidez: $17,500/$17,500
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Shane Roller: $16,000/$16,000 vs. Anthony Pettis: $6,000/$6,000
-Cub Swanson: $11,000/$11,000 vs. Chad Mendes: $5,500/$5,500
-Scott Jorgensen: $12,500/$12,500 vs. Brad Pickett: $5,000/$5,000
-Bart Palaszewski: $8,000/$8,000 vs. Zack Micklewright: $3,000/$3,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Anthony Njokuani: $7,000/$7,000 vs. Maciej Jewtuszko: $3,000/$3,000
-Javier Vazquez: $8,000/$8,000 vs. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000/$4,000
-Ricardo Lamas: $7,000/$7,000 vs. David Jansen: $4,000/$4,000
-Bryan Caraway: $4,000/$4,000 vs. Fredson Paixao: $3,000/$3,000
-Danny Castillo: $9,500/$9,500 vs. Dustin Poirier: $3,000/$3,000