On Thursday, FiveOuncesOfPain.com obtained disclosed salary figures for last night’s WEC 37 event from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
According to the public records, Zuffa spent a total of $219,000 on documented fighter salary last night (the figures do not include an additional $30,000 paid in the form of publicly announced “Fight Night” bonuses) with WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres clocking in as the highest earner with a total of $44,000.
In addition to receiving a guarantee of $22,000, Torres doubled his pay after receiving a $22,000 win bonus following his second round TKO over Manny Tapia.
Despite headlining, Tapia earned just $6,000 in the losing effort. With a win, he could have doubled his pay.
Complete salary totals for the 20 fighters that competed at WEC 37 are available below. All numbers are according to NSAC.
- Miguel Torres: $44,000 ($22,000 to show and $22,000 to win)
- Wagnney Fabiano: $22,000 ($11,000 to show and $11,000 to win)
- Mark Munoz: $20,000 ($10,000 to show and $10,000 to win)
- Joseph R. Benavidez: $17,000 ($8,500 to show and $8,500 to win)
- Johny Hendricks: $16,000 ($8,000 to win and $8,000 to show)
- Shane Roller: $16,000 ($8,000 to win and $8,000 to show)
- Brian Bowles: $12,000 ($6,000 to show and $6,000 to win)
- Kevin “Cub” Swanson: $10,000 ($5,000 to show and $5,000 to win)
- Bart Palaszewski: $8,000 ($4,000 to show and $4,000 to win)
- Alex Karalexis: $8,000 (would have earned an additional $8,000 had he won)
- Akitoshi Tamura: $6,000 (would had earned an additional $12,000 had he won)
- Manny Tapia: $6,000 (would had earned an additional $12,000 had he won)
- Diego Nunes: $6,000 ($3,000 to show and $3,000 to win)
- Hiroyuki Takaya: $5,000 (would have earned an additional $5,000 had he won)
- Will Ribeiro: $4,000 (would have earned an additional $4,000 had he won)
- Mike Budnik: $4,000 (would have earned an additional $4,000 had he won)
- Dustin Province: $3,000 (would have earned an additional $3,000 had he won)
- Justin Haskins: $3,000 (would have earned an additional $3,000 had he won)
- Ricardo Barros: $3,000 (would have earned an additional $3,000 had he won)
- Daniel Martinez: $2,000 (would have earned an additional $2,000 had he won)
Not included in the official NSAC figures was Bowles earning an additional $7,500 for “Submission of the Night” bonus against Will Ribeiro, bringing his total to $19,500.
Palaszewski’s also won a $7,500 bonus for “Knockout of the Night” following his TKO over Karalexis. The former IFL competitor walked with $15,500 in documented pay.
“Fight of the Night” honors went out to Swanson and Takaya. Swanson’s final total was $17,500 while Takaya left with $12,5000.
It is also imperative to note that the NSAC figures above may or may not be the final total each fighter was compensated for his performance at WEC 37. The figures above do not include sponsorship bonuses, signing bonuses, or incentive bonuses.