("God damn you, Jose, don’t you ever leave me again!" Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
The WEC doled out a meager $276,500 in official salaries and bonuses for their "Brown vs. Aldo" event on Wednesday night, proving once again that short people are paid far less than their taller counterparts. Mike Brown earned just $15,000 for his failed title defense, and only five fighters broke the $20,000 mark. The numbers are below. Keep in mind that they don’t include income from sponsorships and "locker room bonuses" — which in the WEC probably amount to a No Fear energy drink and cab fare back to the hotel — or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, athletic commission fines, and alimony.
Jose Aldo: $36,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus, $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Mike Brown: $15,000
Kamal Shalorus: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Will Kerr: $2,000
L.C. Davis: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Diego Nunes: $5,000
Cub Swanson: $28,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus, $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
John Franchi: $14,000 (includes $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Antonio Banuelos: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Kenji Osawa: $6,000
Ricardo Lamas: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
James Krause: $2,000
Underpaid: Unless you can do like Jose Aldo and win four fights in a calendar year while picking up a couple KO bonuses along the way, you’re underpaid in the WEC. That being said…
Overpaid: Manny Gamburyan. Is 18k/18k a lot of money for a professional fighter? Not really. Does the Anvil deserve more guaranteed cash than Aldo and Brown? Votch, bro.