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WEC 37 Payouts Are Not Too Shabby

(‘Yeah, we’re buds now.  So can I borrow $10,000?’ Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle’s WEC 37 Aftermath gallery.)

Payouts for WEC 37 are now public, and thankfully no one dropped below the dreaded $2,000 hard deck, though Danny Martinez walked right to the edge and looked over.  What he saw was poverty.  And he saw that it was not good, and this displeased him.

What’s interesting to note is that of the ten bouts at WEC 37, the betting favorite won all ten.  In seven of those bouts, the favorite made more in show money than his opponent.  Just some fun little trivia for you.  And now, the figures:  

Miguel Torres: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
Manny Tapia: $6,000
Wagnney Fabiano: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
Akitoshi Tamura: $6,000
Brian Bowles: $23,500(includes $8,000 win bonus and $7,500 Submission of the Night bonus)
Will Ribeiro: $4,000
Joseph Benavidez: $17,000 (includes $8,500 win bonus)
Danny Martinez: $2,000
Johny Hendricks: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Justin Haskins: $3,000
Mark Munoz: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Ricardo Barros: $3,000
Diego Nunes: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Cole Province: $3,000
Bart Palaszewski: $15,500 (includes $4,000 win bonus and $7,500 KO of the Night bonus)
Alex Karalexis: $8,000
Cub Swanson: $17,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus and $7,500 Fight of the Night bonus)
Hiroyuki Takaya: $12,500 (includes $7,500 Fight of the Night bonus)
Shane Roller: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Mike Budnik: $4,000


Overpaid: No one, really.  Except maybe ring announcer Joe Martinez.  I don’t know what he’s getting paid for that gig, but he’s the kind of ring announcer who seems like he’s constantly making fun of ring announcers.  Then again, I guess that’s part of the job.

Underpaid: Manny Tapia.  Honestly, six grand to fight in the main event?  It wouldn’t be so bad, but when guys like Johny Hendricks and Shane Roller are making eight grand for untelevised bouts, and Mark Munoz makes ten g’s, Tapia deserves to be a little pissed off.  That hair dye ain’t free, you know.

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Anonymous- December 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Regarding your comment about ring announcer Joe Martinez - like him or not, the guy does bring class to the sport and I think the fighters appreciate what he does. Fans seem to respond well to him too. The guy is straight to the point and he gets the fact that he is not the show, unlike other announcers who get in there and do a bunch of vocal and bodily antics in some effort to be recognized. I like him, just saying, and I've met the dude - he's just as regular as your neighbor.
Anonymous- December 6, 2008 at 7:28 am
Poor Tapia..literally...Thats worse of a crime than letting Jules Bruchez fight again
J- December 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm
Tapia and I have fought for legalizing MMA. Now it's time to legalize gay marriage damnit.
Que pasa?!- December 5, 2008 at 12:23 pm
Every time i see that mullet it makes me want to put the "achy breaky heart" song full volume, put my poncho and sombrero on and dance like a mariachi in the 1997's while firing my pistolas at the moon screaming! whoooo!!! arriba arriba!!!

And then ill go back inside my house to search for some mullet related porn...preferably on a woman...
pimpin'- December 5, 2008 at 11:32 am
the mullet is pimp!
Torres's Mullet- December 5, 2008 at 11:30 am
Fuck you Sodak, fuck you in your ass! You're just jelous and probably going bald!
Fenix- December 5, 2008 at 11:12 am
Tapia: Orale vato you don't need 44k, give me 4 so I can at least say I made 10. C'mon, dont be like that.

Torres: We'll talk about that later. Later-later...
Sodak- December 5, 2008 at 11:09 am
Torres can can finally afford someone other than his wife to cut his hair, Goodbye Mullet!
razzle469- December 5, 2008 at 11:07 am
just some dong- December 5, 2008 at 11:02 am
Yeah, that's almost criminal toward Tapia. How confident can you feel going into a fight where you're only getting paid 6k to fight for the title? At least he had the privliage of getting his one-dimensional ass kicked by someone way better than him on TV.

Seroiusly, did anyone else notice that Torres was never breathing through his mouth, even after the fight ended in the 2nd? Crazy...
Anonymous- December 5, 2008 at 11:00 am
M Torres VS Anderson Silva, DO IT DO IT!

Cap'n- December 5, 2008 at 10:58 am
mmmm, tacos.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 5, 2008 at 10:47 am
"Rocco's Tacos"

Sounds yummy. I'd eat there.
Billy Bad Ass- December 5, 2008 at 10:35 am
Man... I think the little mexican guy who makes my guacamole by hand at Rocco's Tacos in West Palm Beach, FL makes more than Tapia did for fighting in the main event. Bullshit.