The fighter salary information for the World Extreme Cagefighting event on March 26 was released recently by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
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 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 a promoter also pays its fighters 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 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 FIGHTERS
-Brian Stann: $18,000 (defeated Doug Marshall, win bonus was $9,000)
-Doug Marshall: $10,000 (lost to Brian Stann, win bonus would have been $10,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Chael Sonnen: $34,000 (defeated Bryan Baker; win bonus was $17,000)
-Marcus Hicks: $10,000 (defeated Ed Ratcliff; win bonus was $5,000)
-Steve Cantwell: $8,000 (defeated Tim McKenzie; win bonus was $4,000)
-Hiromitsu Miura: $8,000 (defeated Blas Avena; win bonus was $4,000)
-Ed Ratcliff: $7,000 (lost to Marcus Hicks; win bonus would have been $7,000)
-Blas Avena: $6,000 (lost to Hiromitsu Miura; win bonus would have been $6,000)
-Tim McKenzie: $6,000 (lost to Steve Cantwell; win bonus would have been $6,000)
-Bryan Baker: $5,000 (lost to Chael Sonnen; win bonus would have been $5,000)
PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS
-Brock Larson: $24,000 (defeated John Alessio; win bonus was $12,000)
-Rich Crunkilton: $20,000 (defeated Sergio Gomez; win bonus was $10,000)
-John Alessio: $15,000 (lost to Brock Larson; win bonus would have been $15,000)
-Logan Clark: $12,000 (defeated Scott Harper; win bonus was $6,000)
-Alex Serdyukov: $12,000 (defeated Ryan Stonitsch; win bonus was $6,000)
-Kenji Osawa: $5,000 (drew with Chris Manuel; win bonus would have been $5,000)
-Sergio Gomez: $4,000 (lost to Rich Crunkilton; win bonus would have been $4,000)
-Scott Harper: $3,000 (lost to Logan Clark; win bonus would have been $3,000)
-Chris Manuel: $3,000 (drew with Kenji Osawa; win bonus would have been $3,000)
-Ryan Stonitsch: $3,000 (lost to Alex Serdyukov; win bonus would have been $3,000)
DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $213,000