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WEC 45 Payouts: It Is What It Is

(When Cowboy finds out that’s not a woman, he’s going to lose his shit. Photo courtesy of the WEC 45: After the Weigh ins set on CombatLifestyle.)

In the interest of equal time, we’d like to present the payout information for Saturday’s WEC card, in which 20 fighters split a combined $212,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses. Only Donald Cerrone and Joseph Benavidez earned more than $20,000. It’s a good thing that all of these guys have well-paying day jobs and fighting is just something they do to supplement their income on the weekends. Here are the numbers, courtesy of MMA Junkie

Donald Cerrone: $34,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus, $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Ed Ratcliff: $19,000 (includes $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Anthony Njokuani: $18,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus, $10,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Chris Horodecki: $12,000

Joseph Benavidez: $25,000 (includes $12,500 win bonus)
def. Rani Yahya: $9,000

Scott Jorgensen: $19,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $5,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $13,000 (includes $5,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Bart Palaszewski: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $3,000

Zach Micklewright: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Muhsin Corbbrey: $4,000

Chad George: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. John Hosman: $3,000

Brandon Visher: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Courtney Buck: $3,000

Brad Pickett: $16,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus, $10,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Kyle Dietz: $2,000

Erik Koch: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Jameel Massouh: $3,000

We won’t get into our traditional underpaid/overpaid breakdown, because everybody on this card is underpaid to some degree. But consider the case of Anthony Njokuani, who has won Knockout of the Night bonuses in his last three fights. In the UFC, that would make him a wealthy man. Here, he’s barely scraping by due to his $4,000 show-money and the meagerness of the bonuses themselves. And at this point, Donald Cerrone might be better off leaving the WEC and finding out if there’s another organization who’d offer him more than $12,000 in base salary.

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ghostboner- December 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm
@ Skeletor - are you out to lunch man? Cerrone's fight against Henderson was a fight of the year candidate. The dude always comes out and puts on one hell of a show. Joe Stevenson is getting $96,000 in the UFC and Cerrone is making 12,000 to show? Ridiculous. I agree no one is forcing these guys to do it but I think at this point Cerrone has put in the work and has the skills to start looking for a better offer. Then again fighting Ed "Who???" Ratcliff isn't exactly a big purse guarantee. Who knows, maybe his Zuffa loyalty will pay off in the long run. Either way I don't see how anyone can dog the guy.
Harry Sack- December 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm
Bottom line - these guys are underpaid for the work they do... But like a girlfriend with an abusive alcoholic douche for a boyfriend ... They have only themselves to blame for continuing on under such circumstances. However I will say Cerrone and possibly Njokuani & Horodecki are fighters with enough game and/or name to maybe test the waters in another organization or platform of some kind and if they arent doing it then it must be chalked up to stupidity or fear of the unknown, .
831 Son- December 22, 2009 at 10:15 am
Keep crying One Two. You dumb ass.
El Famous Burrito- December 22, 2009 at 10:00 am
@ CAP10

Amen brother.

Also, I hear that The Peruvian Necktie is the #1 gift for bosses this year.
CAP10- December 22, 2009 at 9:33 am
I'd take a pay cut if I could kick my coworkers in the head.
NinJay- December 22, 2009 at 9:14 am
@One Two

Welcome to The United States of America, buddy. We live in a Capitalist Nation. Zuffa is doing nothing illegal. They keep 90% of the profits because they can! They didn't create MMa, they are just profiting off of it. Like I said before, the fighters have a choice. They don't HAVE to accept this money. Yes they are making money off of there blood and sweat but it isn't the blood and sweat of slaves who have no choice.
El Famous Burrito- December 22, 2009 at 8:10 am
The profits go towards putting on the next show, idiot.

What's with all the knee-jerk hate for anyone who makes more money than you?

(Which is probably any bum with a cup full of dimes and a squeegee)
One Two- December 22, 2009 at 7:32 am
Whats with all this bougoi love for the man, the UFC keeps like 90% of the profits that means for every hundred dollars dana and the fertittas pocket $90 and give the fighters who everyone is actually paying to see ten bucks its bullshit anyway you look at it.

I don't think you realize how much money they are making off these guys blood and sweat, money that is not reinvested into the sport (for things like signing Hendo) but dumped into casinos jet trips, mansions, cars and sabretooth tiger skulls.

Robocop Didnt Tap- December 22, 2009 at 7:26 am
Cerrone realized that wasn't a woman when he kneed him three...oh wait.

When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a homosexual knock off of the Tapout crew.
NinJay- December 22, 2009 at 7:21 am
831 Fail. Horror Fighter beat you to it.
NinJay- December 22, 2009 at 7:19 am
Word Bundy. I'm really tired of the "oh my God these guys are underpaid" cry babies. Guess what, nobody is forcing these guys to fight. it's what they love and want to do. Offer them half of what Zuffa paid out and I promise you they would still fight. It's all they know. If they feel they are getting underpaid they can always tell Zuffa to shove it and try and go somewhere else. But they will most likely get "underpaid" wherever they go. This isn't boxing with a multi million dollar purse coming around once a year that draws world wide ppv buys. It's the WEC on a Saturday night when another promotion is having fights on the exact same night. I think most of you really underappreciate the sponsorship money these guys get. Most of them are full time fighters. Do you really think they are making it for 4-6 months with all the training costs, family costs on 2-10k? Child Please.
831 Father- December 22, 2009 at 7:19 am
Cerrone kneed it in the groin three times to find out it wasn't a woman.
bundy- December 22, 2009 at 7:03 am
So sick of this argument, and I am a supporter of Unions. But, this is ridiculous. They earn a good deal of their money from endorsments, and they get more endorsments by being on national tv with backing of the WEC/UFC/ZUFFA brand.

The guys who really don't make much
Organ Donor- December 22, 2009 at 6:56 am
They should unionize.

or go on strike.

Or just collectively mug Fretitta and Dana.

Zuffa brass got awesome programming, and awesome counterprogramming against Strikeforce, for less than Dana blows at the blackjack table on a Tuesday.

Maybe Strikeforce should bring the small guys on board.
Horror Fighter- December 22, 2009 at 6:53 am
Cowboy found out it wasn't a woman after kneeing him in the nuts three times.
skeletor- December 22, 2009 at 6:50 am
Yeah they are all underpaid but nobody can act like it's a shock anymore. Plus this cards biggest star was Cerrone who's only meaningful fights have been two losing efforts in championship matches. None of these fights were main card caliber in a UFC event so if you think about it these payouts are pretty fair. Most of them are unheard of and there on a cable station that half the country doesn't even get. With no pay per view to supplement these guys salaries there doing bettertthan they would anywhere else with more exposure then they would get anywhere else.
Ouch That hurts- December 22, 2009 at 6:50 am
OK One Two, how about he won the "Head kick while your opponent was running away of the night" ?
One Two- December 22, 2009 at 6:35 am
KOTN bonus? he didn't even finish horodecki much less knock him out.