by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the California State Athletic Commission for WEC 38 “Jamie Varner vs. Donald Cerrone” featuring the lightweight championship bout, which took place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif.
The total attendance for WEC 38, as reported by the CSAC, was 10,201 for total gate receipts of $486,324.
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.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Jamie Varner $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Donald Cerrone $9,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Urijah Faber $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver $35,000
– Danillo Vilefort $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Mike Campbell $3,000
– Jose Aldo $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Rolando Perez $3,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Benson Henderson $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuni $2,000
– Edgar Garcia $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Hiromitsu Miura $6,000
– Dominick Cruz $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Ian McCall $3,000
– Scott Jorgensen $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Frank Gomez $2,000
– Jesse Lennox $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Blas Avena $7,000
– Charlie Valencia $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Seth Dikun $2,000
WEC 38 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $217,000
WEC 38 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $7,500 bonus for each fighter, which is in addition to the salaries reported above.)
WEC 38 Fight of the Night
– Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone
WEC 38 Submission of the Night
– Urijah Faber
WEC 38 Knockout of the Night
– Jose Aldo