- WEC 30 FIGHTER SALARY BREAKDOWN

September 6, 2007
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by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for WEC 30, which took place on Sept. 5 in Las Vegas.

The event was the WEC’s sixth since being purchased by UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC and it was also the WEC’s third live event on cable television channel Versus. In official Nevada State Athletic Commission documents, the Promoter of the event is listed as WEC Promotions, LLC, and the Matchmaker of the event is listed as Dana White.

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.

MAIN EVENT & TITLE MATCH FIGHTERS

-Rob McCullough: $24,000 (7th fight in WEC; defeated Rich Crunkilton; includes win bonus of $12,000)

-Rich Crunkilton: $10,000 (8th fight in WEC; lost to Rob McCullough; win bonus would have been $10,000)

-Chase Beebe: $10,000 (2nd fight in WEC; defeated Rani Yahya; includes win bonus of $5,000)

-Rani Yahya: $6,000 (2nd fight in WEC; lost to Chase Beebe; win bonus would have been $6,000)

MAIN CARD FIGHTERS

-Miguel Torres: $20,000 (1st fight in WEC; defeated Jeff Bedard; includes win bonus of $10,000)

-Brian Stann: $10,000 (4th fight in WEC; defeated Jeremiah Billington; includes win bonus of $5,000)

-Jeff Bedard: $4,000 (3rd fight in WEC; lost to Miguel Torres; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Jeremiah Billington: $2,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to Brian Stann; win bonus would have been $2,000)

PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS

-John Alessio: $22,000 (5th fight in WEC after 2 fights in UFC; defeated Marcelo Brito; includes win bonus of $11,000)

-Marcus Hicks: $8,000 (2nd fight in WEC; defeated Scott McAfee; includes win bonus of $4,000)

-Donald Cerrone: $6,000 (1st fight in WEC; defeated Kenneth Alexander; includes win bonus of $3,000)

-Bryan Baker: $6,000 (1st fight in WEC; defeated Jesse Forbes; includes win bonus of $3,000)

-Blas Avena: $6,000 (3rd fight in WEC; defeated Joe Benoit; includes win bonus of $3,000)

-Ian McCall: $4,000 (1st fight in WEC; defeated Coty Wheeler; includes win bonus of $2,000)

-Jesse Forbes: $4,000 (1st fight in WEC after 1 fight in UFC; lost to Bryan Baker; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Kenneth Alexander: $3,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to Donald Cerrone; win bonus would have been $3,000)

-Marcelo Brito: $3,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to John Alessio; win bonus would have been $3,000)

-Scott McAfee: $2,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to Marcus Hicks; win bonus would have been $2,000)

-Joe Benoit: $2,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to Blas Avena; win bonus would have been $2,000)

-Coty Wheeler: $2,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to Ian McCall; win bonus would have been $2,000)

DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $154,000

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