- WEC 31 FIGHTER SALARIES BREAKDOWN

December 20, 2007
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by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for World Extreme Cagefighting 31, which took place on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The event was the WEC’s seventh since being purchased by Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa, LLC and it was also the its fourth 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 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

-Jens Pulver: $60,000 (1st fight in WEC; defeated Cub Swanson; includes win bonus of $30,000)

-Paulo Filho: $56,000 (2nd fight in WEC; defeated Chael Sonnen; includes win bonus of $18,000)

-Urijah Faber: $40,000 (5th fight in WEC; defeated Jeff Curran; includes win bonus of $20,000)

-Chael Sonnen: $25,000 (2nd fight in WEC; lost to Paulo Filho; win bonus would have been $5,000)

-Jeff Curran: $10,000 (3rd fight in WEC; lost to Urijah Faber; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Doug Marshall: $10,000 (9th fight in WEC; defeated Ariel Gandulla; includes win bonus of $5,000)

-Cub Swanson: $5,000 (3rd fight in WEC; lost to Jens Pulver; win bonus would have been $5,000)

-Ariel Gandulla: $4,000 (2nd fight in WEC; lost to Doug Marshall; win bonus would have been $4,000)

PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS

-John Alessio: $26,000 (6th fight in WEC; defeated Todd Moore; includes win bonus of $13,000)

-Charles Valencia: $12,000 (3rd fight in WEC; defeated Ian McCall; includes win bonus of $6,000)

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

-Alex Karalexis: $8,000 (4th fight in WEC; lost to Ed Ratcliff; win bonus would have been $8,000)

-Ed Ratcliff: $8,000 (2nd fight in WEC; defeated Alex Karalexis; includes win bonus of $4,000)

-Brian Bowles: $6,000 (2nd fight in WEC; defeated Marcos Galvao; includes win bonus of $3,000)

-Marcos Galvao: $5,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to Brian Bowles; win bonus would have been $5,000)

-Eric Schambari: $5,000 (3rd fight in WEC; lost to Bryan Baker; win bonus would have been $5,000)

-Todd Moore: $4,000 (1st fight in WEC; lost to John Alessio; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Ian McCall: $3,000 (2nd fight in WEC; lost to Charles Valencia; win bonus would have been $3,000)

DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $295,000

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