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- WEC 29 FIGHTER SALARY BREAKDOWN

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for WEC 29, which took place on August 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event was the WEC’s fifth since being purchased by UFC parent company Zuffa, and it was also the WEC’s second live event on cable television channel Versus.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that Zuffa and the WEC are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.

Although MMA 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 Zuffa and the WEC also pay its fighters, but do not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses for the top pay-per-view main event fighters, which would not apply since this event was not on pay-per-view), are not included in the figures below.

In the listings below, “Title Match & Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show and/or compete in a title fight on a show. “Main Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in title fights or in the main event. “Preliminary Match Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the live broadcast goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV broadcast.

Not all of the fighters on this card had identical amounts for their “win money” and “show money,” so we have noted any differences next to each fighter’s salary.

Title Match & Main Event Fighters

-Paulo Filho: $50,000 (1st fight in WEC after 8 fights in Pride; includes $15,000 win bonus; defeated Joe Doerksen)

-Joe Doerksen: $30,000 (1st fight in WEC after 4 fights in UFC; win bonus would have been $5,000; lost to Paulo Filho)

-Carlos Condit: $26,000 (3rd fight in WEC; includes $13,000 win bonus; defeated Brock Larson)

-Brock Larson: $12,000 (3rd fight in WEC after 2 fights in UFC; win bonus would have been $12,000; lost to Carlos Condit)

Main Card Fighters

-Jamie Varner: $14,000 (1st fight in WEC after 2 fights in UFC; includes $7,000 win bonus; defeated Sherron Leggett)

-Jeff Curran: $10,000 (2nd fight in WEC after 1 fight in Pride; includes $2,000 win bonus; defeated Stephen Ledbetter)

-Stephen Ledbetter: $5,000 (1st fight in WEC; win bonus would have been $5,000; lost to Jeff Curran)

-Sherron Leggett: $4,000 (2nd fight in WEC; win bonus would have been $4,000; lost to Jamie Varner)

Preliminary Match Fighters

-Antonio Banuelos: $8,000 (9th fight in WEC; includes $4,000 win bonus; defeated Justin Robbins)

-Eric Schambari: $8,000 (2nd fight in WEC; includes $4,000 win bonus; defeated Logan Clark)

-Hiromitsu Miura: $6,000 (2nd fight in WEC; includes $3,000 win bonus; defeated Fernando Gonzalez)

-Steven Cantwell: $6,000 (2nd fight in WEC; includes $3,000 win bonus; defeated Justin McElfresh)

-Logan Clark: $6,000 (2nd fight in WEC after 1 fight in UFC; win bonus would have been $6,000; lost to Eric Schambari)

-Tiki Ghosn: $5,000 (4th fight in WEC after 4 fights in UFC; win bonus would have been $5,000; lost to Blas Avena)

-Blas Avena: $4,500 (2nd fight in WEC; includes $2,000 win bonus; defeated Tiki Ghosn)

-Justin McElfresh: $3,000 (2nd fight in WEC; win bonus would have been $3,000; lost to Steven Cantwell)

-Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000 (4th fight in WEC; win bonus would have been $3,000; lost to Hiromitsu Miura)

-Justin Robbins: $2,000 (1st fight in WEC; win bonus would have been $2,000; lost to Antonio Banuelos)

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $199,500

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