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Pulver Pulls in Most Cash at WEC 31; Gandulla Busted for ‘Roids

The fighter salaries for WEC 31 were released yesterday. Here are the figures for the fighters who were on the televised card:

Urijah Faber ($40,000, including $20,000 win bonus) def. Jeff Curran ($10,000)

Jens Pulver ($60,000, including $30,000 win bonus) def. Cub Swanson ($5,000)

Paulo Filho ($56,000, including $18,000 win bonus) def. Chael Sonnen ($25,000)

Doug Marshall ($10,000, including $5,000 win bonus) def. Ariel Gandulla ($4,000)

Charles Valencia ($12,000, including $6,000 win bonus) def. Ian McCall ($3,000)

Brian Bowles ($6,000, including $3,000 win bonus) def. Marcos Galvao ($5,000)

It’s good to see that Pulver was able to work out a respectable contract when he signed with WEC (and I’d love to meet Chael Sonnen’s agent), but Urijah Faber’s $20k base pay seems a little low for all the promotional work he does for the organization, and light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall is straight-up getting sodomized. I realize that he must have agreed to that $5,000-per-fight figure when his stock as a fighter was much lower, but there really should be a clause where champions who defend their title get at least a $25,000 bonus. And Marshall deserves it more than anyone considering his opponent was jacked-up on Nandrolone during the fight — the same ‘roid that Sean Sherk was definitely not on during his fateful match against Hermes Franca. No word yet on Gandulla’s punishment for the bust, though he’ll probably have to give up about half of his $4,000 purse. Still, two grand isn’t bad for 55 seconds of work

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