by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday released the salaries for WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson featuring a lightweight title unification bout between Jamie Varner and Ben Henderson, which took place on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
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:
-Benson Henderson: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Jamie Varner: $18,000
-Urijah Faber: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus) def. Raphael Assuncao: $13,000
*Faber received an additional $10,000 bonus for Submission of the Night
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS:
-Kamal Shalorus: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Dave Jansen: $4,000
-Mike Brown: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Morrison: $4,000
-Deividas Taurosevicius: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS:
-Charlie Valencia: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Akitoshi Tamura: $8,000
-Wagnney Fabiano: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Clint Godfrey: $3,000
-Mark Hominick: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Bryan Caraway: $4,000
-Eddie Wineland: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. George Roop: $3,000
-Will Campuzano: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Coty “Ox” Wheeler: $3,000
*Campuzano and Wheeler each also received a $10,000 bonus for WEC 46 Fight of the Night
WEC 46 TOTAL DISCLOSED FIGHTER SALARIES: $272,000
(Does not include post-fight bonuses.)