WEC 36 Salaries and Bonuses

Written by Tom Ngo
November 7th, 2008

The WEC released the fighters’ salaries for their their WEC 36 event this past Wednesday. Middleweight Chael Sonnen walked away with the night’s largest purse, $48,250, after he defeated champion Paulo Filho in a non-title fight. Sonnen received 25% of Filho’s purse due to the champ’s inability to meet the required 185-pound weight limit. The total disclosed payroll of the night’s event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was $287,000.

Preliminary Bouts:

Rani Yayha ($12,000/win bonus was $6,000)^ Defeated Yoshiro Maeda ($6,000/win bonus would have been $6,000)

Danny Castillo ($6,000/win bonus was $3,000) Defeated Rafael Dias ($3,000/win bonus would have been $3,000)

Carmelo Marrero ($8,000/win bonus was $4,000) Defeated Steve Steinbeiss ($6,000/win bonus would have been $6,000)

Jose Aldo ($8,000/win bonus was $4,000) Defeated Jonathan Brookins ($3,000/win bonus would have been $3,000)

Aaron Simpson ($10,000/win bonus was $5,000) Defeated David Avellan ($3,000/win bonus would have been $3,000)

Donald Cerrone ($14,000/win bonus was $7,000) Defeated. Rob McCullough ($18,000/win bonus would have been $18,000)*

Main Bouts:

Jake Rosholt ($22,000/win bonus was $11,000) Defeated Nissen Osterneck ($4,000/win bonus would have been $4000)

Leonard Garcia ($20,000/win bonus was $10,000)> Defeated Jens Pulver ($33,000/win bonus would have been $33,000)

Chael Sonnen ($48,250/win bonus was $19,000) Defeated Paulo Filho ($30,750/win bonus would have been $23,000)

Mike Brown ($18,000/win bonus was $9,000)# Defeated Urijah Faber ($14,000/win bonus would have been $24,000)

Total disclosed payroll for WEC 36: $287,000

Fight Bonuses:

Submission of the Night

^ – Rani Yahya ($7,500)

Fight of the Night
* – Donald Cerrone and Rob McCullough ($7,500/each)

Knockout of the Night
# – Mike Brown ($7,500)

> – Leonard Garcia received a special $7,500 bonus from the WEC for his performance against former Pulver.

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