David Branch is one of the few fighters in history to hold major titles in two weight classes simultaneously, and he got paid like it for his middleweight title defense at World Series of Fighting 30.
Branch won a unanimous decision over Clifford Starks, which netted him a $130,000 payday, while Starks went home with $15,000 in his pocket.
Former UFC welterweight contender and newly minted WSOF 170-pound titleholder Jon Fitch was the only other fighter on the card that even came close to Branch’s payout. Fitch scored $70,000 in defeating Joao Zeferino for the vacant belt, which had been stripped from former champion Rousimar Palhares.
The rest of the fighters on the card earned paydays ranging from $500 to $15,000, according to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
The disclosed fighter payroll does not include any discretionary bonuses, endorsements, or other income not included on bout agreements.
World Series of Fighting 30: Branch vs. Starks took place on Saturday, Aril 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
WSOF 30: Branch vs. Starks Fighter Salaries
- David Branch: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $15,000
- Jon Fitch: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Joao Zeferino: $15,000
- Vinny Magalhaes: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Jake Heun: $10,000
- Abu Azaitar: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Danny Davis Jr: $3,000
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus) def. Matthew Frincu: $4,000
- Rex Harris: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Clinton Williams: $4,000
- Steve Kozola: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Matt Church: $1,000
- Adam Acquaviva: $4,200 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Andres Ponce: $800*
- Zach Bunnell: $1,000 (includes $500 win bonus) def. Jeff Roman: $500
WSOF 30 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $294,500
*Ponce was fined 20 percent of his purse, $200, which was given to Acquaviva due to Ponce missing weight.