(Somebody should have warned Jose about those adjustable-rate mortgages. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)
Zuffa dished out $595,500 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at Saturday’s "Aldo vs. Faber" event, with the end-of-night bonus winners coming out way ahead of the pack. Check out the numbers below, and keep in mind that they don’t include additional income from sponsorships or undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions from insurance, licensing fees, or cornrow maintenance.
Ben Henderson: $91,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Donald Cerrone: $14,000
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
Tyler Toner: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Visher: $4,000
Underpaid: Most of the people on this list, obviously. There didn’t seem to be any notable increase in the fighters’ show-money, despite Dana White’s vow that "the WEC fighters on this card will make more money than they’ve ever made before." Tell that to Antonio Banuelos, who’s still making four figures in his thirteenth fight for the organization. Even in his first title defense, Ben Henderson earned just $13,000 in base salary, and if not for the Fight of the Night bonus, Chan Sung Jung would have went back to Korea with a paltry five grand.
Overpaid: Nobody, really, though it’s interesting that anybody who has competed before in the UFC (and bounced out due to losses) automatically gets a sweeter deal in the WEC than everybody else. Is Alex Karalexis really more valuable than exciting contenders like Anthony Njokuani and Brad Pickett?