by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday released the salaries for WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber, featuring a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber, as well as a lightweight championship fight between Ben Henderson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The even took place on April 24 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
-Jose Aldo $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Urijah Faber $28,000
-Ben Henderson $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone $14,000
*Henderson also received a $65,000 bonus for Submission of the Night
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Manny Gamburyan $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown $21,000
*Gamburyan also received a $65,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night
-Shane Roller $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuani $7,000
-Scott Jorgensen $21,000 (includes $10,500 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos $7,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Leonard Garcia $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Chan Sung Jung $5,000
*Garcia and Jung also each received a $65,000 bonus for Fight of the Night
-Anthony Pettis $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Alex Karalexis $10,000
-Brad Pickett $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Demetrious Johnson $3,000
-Chad Mendes $8,500 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Morrison $4,000
-Takeya Mizugaki $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Rani Yahya $9,000
-Tyler Toner $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Visher $4,000
WEC 48 TOTAL DISCLOSED FIGHTER SALARIES: $336,500
(Does not include post fight bonuses.)
WEC 48 POST-FIGHT BONUSES:
(Each fighter received $65,000)
Fight of the Night:
-Leonard Garcia and Chang Sung Jung
Submission of the Night:
Knockout of the Night: