MMA fans were shocked when WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber was upset by Mike Brown in the 1stRound last week. But perhaps the most surprising thing happened two days after the fight when the Florida State Athletic Commission released the fighters’ salaries for the WEC 36 event. Faber, the company’s most popular fighter, earned a meager $14,000, which tied him for the seventh highest on the night. Faber’s manager was quick to dispel the accuracy of that report.
Mike Roberts was asked about his fighter’s compensation for last week’s fight, and he was quick to point out that the reported $14,000 was the remaining portion of his salary that the WEC still owed him.
“Absolutely not. Not even close,” Roberts told MMAWeekly.com about Faber’s salary. “That was an accurate statement of the check he received that night. Some contractual issues came up after the September fight was postponed and that $14,000 was the remaining balance of what was owed to him. That is not what he made.”
Roberts was quick to point out that the WEC knows what they have in Faber, and have been very generous with him, particularly in his past two bouts after Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC, purchased the organization.
“Keep in mind Urijah’s still fighting off an old contract, but Urijah’s been well taken care of for the last couple fights,” Roberts stated. “They take good care of Urijah and going forward I know they’re going to take even better care of him.”