by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly.com has obtained the fighter salary information from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for WEC 42 featuring the bantamweight championship bout between Miguel Torres and Brian Bowles, which took place on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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
-Brian Bowles $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Miguel Torres $25,000 (win bonus would have been $26,000)
*Bowles also received a $10,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Dominick Cruz $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Joseph Benavidez $12,500 (win bonus would have been $12,500)
*Cruz and Benavidez also received a $10,000 bonus each for Fight of the Night
-Danny Castillo $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Lamas $4,000 (win bonus would have been $4,000)
-Takeya Mizugaki $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Jeff Curran $8,000 (win bonus would have been $8,000)
-Leonard Garcia $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Jameel Massouh $3,000 (win bonus would have been $3,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Cole Province $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Fredson Paixao $2,000 (win bonus would have been $2,000)
-Shane Roller $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Hicks $8,000 (win bonus would have been $8,000)
-Ed Ratcliff $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Phil Cardella $3,000 (win bonus would have been $3,000)
-Rani Yahya $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. John Hosman $3,000 (win bonus would have been $2,000)
*Yahya also received a $10,000 bonus for Submission of the Night
-Diego Nunes $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Dias $4,000 (win bonus would have been $4,000)
-L.C. Davis $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Javier Vazquez $6,000 (win bonus would have been $6,000)
WEC 42 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $234,500
WEC 42 POST-FIGHT AWARDS AND BONUSES
(A $10,000 bonus was awarded per fighter per award.)
Knockout of the Night:
Fight of the Night:
-Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez
Submission of the Night: