(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
The WEC paid out $276,500 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for their WEC 47 card on Saturday, with bantamweight contender Joseph Benavidez taking home the biggest cut. Benavidez’s $39,000 haul — including his win bonus and submission bonus — made him one of just three fighters to earn over $20,000 from the event. The numbers are below; keep in mind that they don’t include income from sponsorships or undisclosed "locker-room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.
Joseph Benavidez: $39,000 (includes $14,500 win bonus, $10,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Miguel Torres: $26,000
Scott Jorgensen: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Chad George: $3,000
Chad Mendes: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Erik Koch: $3,000
Fredson Paixao: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Courtney Buck: $3,000
Ricardo Lamas: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Bendy Casimir: $3,000
* In all of his five previous WEC fights, Jens Pulver has earned $30,000 or more to show. Apparently, he took a 55% pay cut from his last fight. We’d expect that to happen if Pulver was just another underperforming fighter — but is that how you treat a beloved ambassador to the sport?