by MMAWeekly.com Staff
WEC 47 Fighter Salaries and Bonuses
By MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ohio Athletic Commission on Monday released the salaries for WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz, featuring a bantamweight showdown between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz, which took place on Saturday, March 6, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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
-Dominick Cruz $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Brian Bowles $12,000
-Joseph Benavidez $29,000 (includes $14,500 win bonus) def. Miguel Torres $26,000
*Benavidez also received a $10,000 bonus for Submission of the Night
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Javier Vazquez $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver $14,000
-L.C. Davis $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Deividas Taurosevicius $9,000
-Bart Palaszewski $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Karen Darabedyan $4,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Scott Jorgensen $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Chad George $3,000
-Chad Mendes $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch $3,000
-Anthony Pettis $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Danny Castillo $9,500
*Pettis also received a $10,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night
-Leonard Garcia $14,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) drew with George Roop $3,000
*Garcia and Roop also received a $10,000 bonus each for Fight of the Night
-Fredson Paixao $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Courtney Buck $3,000
-Ricardo Lamas $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Bendy Casimir $3,000
WEC 47 TOTAL DISCLOSED FIGHTER SALARIES: $236,500
(Does not include post fight bonuses.)