by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday released the salaries for WEC 50: Cruz def. Benavidez, featuring a bantamweight title bout between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez. The event took place on Aug. 18 at the Pearl at the Palms Hotel & 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
-Dominick Cruz: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Joseph Benavidez: $17,500
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Anthony Pettis: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Shane Roller: $16,000
-Chad Mendes: $11,000 (includes $5,500 win bonus) def. Cub Swanson: $11,000
-Scott Jorgensen: $25,000 (includes $12,500 win bonus) def. Brad Pickett: $5,000
-Bart Palaszewski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Zack Micklewright: $3,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Maciej Jewtuszko: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuani: $7,000
-Javier Vazquez: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000
-Ricardo Lamas: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. David Jansen: $4,000
-Fredson Paixao: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Bryan Caraway: $4,000
-Danny Castillo: $19,000 (includes $9,500 win bonus) def. Dustin Poirier: $3,000
WEC 50 TOTAL DISCLOSED FIGHTER SALARIES: $221,500
(Does not include post fight bonuses.)