The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday released the fighter salaries for WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki, featuring Urijah Faber’s bantamweight debut against tough Japanese fighter Takeya Mizugaki. The event took place on Nov. 11 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.
WEC 52 MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
Urijah Faber: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki: $10,000
WEC 52 MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
Chad Mendes: $17,000 (includes $8,500 win bonus) def. Javier Vazquez: $11,000
Erik Koch: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Francisco Rivera: $4,000
Joseph Benavidez: $35,000 (includes $17,500 win bonus) def. Wagnney Fabiano: $19,000
Demetrious Johnson: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Damacio Page: $9,000
WEC 52 PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
Raphael Assuncao: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. L.C. Davis: $11,000
Anthony Njokuani: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Edward Faaloloto: $3,500
Dustin Poirier: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Zachary Micklewright: $3,000
Michael McDonald: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Clint Godfrey: $3,000
Cub Swanson: $21,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000
Yves Jabouin: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Visher: $4,000
WEC 52 TOTAL DISCLOSED FIGHTER SALARIES: $283,500
(Does not include post fight bonuses.)