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WEC 36 Salaries and Medical Suspensions

(“‘Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around…”)

Here’s what the fighters pulled in from Wednesday’s WEC show, courtesy of MMA Weekly:

Chael Sonnen: $48,250 (includes $19,000 win bonus and 25% of Paulo Filho‘s base salary)
Jens Pulver: $33,000
Paulo Filho: $30,750
Leonard Garcia: $27,500 (includes $10,000 win bonus, $7,500 performance bonus)
Mike Brown: $25,500 (includes $9,000 win bonus, $7,500 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Rob McCullough: $25,500 (includes $7,500 Fight of the Night bonus)
Jake Rosholt: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
Donald Cerrone: $21,500 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $7,500 Fight of the Night bonus)
Rani Yayha: $19,500 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $7,500 Submission of the Night bonus)
Urijah Faber: $14,000
Aaron Simpson: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Jose Aldo: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Carmelo Marrero: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Danny Castillo: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Steve Steinbeiss: $6,000
Yoshiro Maeda: $6,000
Nissen Osterneck: $4,000
David Avellan: $3,000
Jonathan Brookins: $3,000
Rafael Dias: $3,000
Total disclosed payroll: $287,000

Underpaid: This isn’t the first time we’ve said this, but Urijah Faber is getting sodomized by the WEC. His win bonus — which he generally gets — tacks on an additional $24,000 to his fight purse, but you can’t win ‘em all, and he simply isn’t being paid relative to the attention he brings the organization.

Overpaid: Paulo Filho, obviously. Docking him 25% of his base pay sounded fair at the weigh-ins; can the WEC take back the remaining 75% on the grounds that Filho didn’t actually fight?

In medical suspension news, Mike Brown has been suspended indefinitely by the Florida State Boxing Commission due to the torn rib cartilage he suffered during his upset of Urijah Faber, and will need a doctor’s clearance before being cleared to fight again. David Avellan, who was knocked dead by Aaron Simpson in an undercard bout, has been suspended 60 days for precautionary reasons, while five fighters were given lighter 30-day time-outs after suffering TKOs. They are: Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver, Nissen Osterneck, Jonathan Brookins, and Rafael Dias.

Related: Cote, Werdum, McFedries pick up UFC 90 medical suspensions


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Gina Rack- November 9, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Fuk All yall betches Gina Got a phatty and A rack i would OD explode all ova hur and i wud pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
geoff- November 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm
lol @ Dr.'s comment.

Faber really needs to negotiate a better salary, WEC wont let him go if he tries..we all know that. i dont know if he does though.
Anonymous- November 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm
lol @ Dr.'s comment.

Faber really needs to negotiate a better salary, WEC wont let him go if he tries..we all know that. i dont know if he does though.
NECROPHYTE- November 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm
FAber was the main fuckin attraction! 14k?
Ben Assfleck- November 7, 2008 at 7:45 am
The reason Faber is so happy all the time is that he's actually only 13 years old and just really stoked to be skipping school. Another could be that when he gets upset it gives him chin-farts
The Crimson Chin- November 7, 2008 at 7:08 am
There is one benefit to having a buttchin-you can blow your nose and wipe your ass at the same time...shnoogens.
faber's chin- November 7, 2008 at 6:29 am
all hail to my infinite hole of happiness. who needs money when you have an asshole for a chin.
tully- November 7, 2008 at 6:28 am
faber is definitely their biggest draw 14 grand is crazy low for him
Mr Wilson- November 7, 2008 at 3:32 am
tragic! chin boy should get a little bit more
kimbo slice- November 7, 2008 at 1:04 am
thats fuckin rediculous that faber only got $14K!! absolute bullshit!! but then again what are his options - i dont think hes bid enought to go 155lb in ufc.
John Kimble- November 7, 2008 at 12:06 am
Those foot stomps from the bottom did some totally serious damage to sonnen's foot....or leg..... maybe his knee, i couldn't really tell where they were supposed to land, but that's the beauty of magic martial arts, they're magic!
Dru Down- November 6, 2008 at 11:28 pm
Vrax, you've got it all wrong. Anderson Silva has advanced his martial arts to the point that he can disable opponents with the power of his mind. I mean, he didn't even touch Cote and he still made his knee explode.

Filho tried to implement a similar technique, not realizing that Mental Martial Arts don't apply to subs.
Vrax- November 6, 2008 at 9:10 pm
I wonder if there was some fucked up bet between Anderson Silva and Paulo Filho about who could get away with doing the least and still win. After witnessing Silva's uninspiring work against Cote, Filho knew he would have to sink very, very low.

First he gained weight to be more like the Titanic, and thus better able to sink. The rest is history.
Jake- November 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Comparing Urijah Faber to Gina Carano in terms of marketability is a joke. How many mainstream publications have you seen Faber in compared to Carano? Her public profile is waaaay higher than Faber's.

I would also argue that Filho's performance was less than disastrous for the WEC. All they need to do now is come out with some sort of excuse, set up a remach, and they've got a big event. Casual MMA fans know only a few things about the WEC: That Jens Pulver is there, that hardcore mma fans speak highly of Urijah Faber, and now, a lot of them know about the Filho/Sonnen story.
shitwhistle- November 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Faber's gettin' jobbed. He needs a better agent. Maybe he should give Brandon Vera a call.
I heard his agent's pretty good.
drewdoodoo- November 6, 2008 at 8:27 pm
they might be big names now, but what were they when they signed? Filho came in looking for Pride type money. Gina and Faber probably got googoo eyes when they saw the kind of money they agreed to based on what they were making prior. Just like the TUF guys who get locked in. Three years later it is a crime what they make if they go big, but it was better than anything else at the time.
Dr.- November 6, 2008 at 8:21 pm
And Gina has a phenomenal rack. If that doesn't count for something, I don't know what makes sense.
KChuck- November 6, 2008 at 7:54 pm
It's terribly sad. Urijah Faber and Gina Carano are some of the most marketable names in MMA and are both completely underpaid when it comes to their fights. Lucky for them, they both have quite a few endorsements.
Anonymous- November 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm
yah i would say if u give filho that much faber should be getting somewhere around 50 k .Faber is a suprisingly big draw for wec probably there biggest draw ,kinda like the chuck liddell of the wec ,he should be getting way more.

Even jens pulver made over twice as much as faber and faber dominated jens i guess urijah is really a happy person
CJ- November 6, 2008 at 7:48 pm
Yeah Faber's salary is laughable. I can't believe how happy he seems just sticking around the WEC.
Maud- November 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm
Wow. Faber is getting screwed. I was expecting to see his pay at around $50k.