The California State Athletic Commission has just released the salaries for this past Saturday’s “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” event.
Despite hosting their first pay-per-view broadcast, main event fighters Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber left Acro Arena with a COMBINED DISCLOSED payday of only $68,000. The card’s entire roster only cost Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the WEC and UFC, a total disclosed payroll of $336,500.
However, please keep in mind that MMA fighters do not have a union or a collective bargaining agreement in place. The promoter is only required to release the fighters’ salaries for public record, just as with every other major sport in America. However, any additional somthin’, somthin’ stuck in the athletes’ pockets does not have to be reported to the Commission, specifically pay-per-view bonuses.
Basically, don’t think for a second that Faber, the company’s biggest superstar and card’s featured attraction, limped away with only $28,000 for his troubles.
Here are the paydays for this past weekend’s extravaganza:
Tyler Toner $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Visher $4,000
Takeya Mizugaki $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Rani Yahya $9,000
Chad Mendes $8,500 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Morrison $4,000
Brad Pickett $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Demetrious Johnson $3,000
Anthony Pettis $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Alex Karalexis $10,000
Leonard Garcia $93,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus and $65,000 bonus for Fight of the Night bonus) def. Chang Sung Jung $70,000 (includes $65,000 bonus for Fight of the Night bonus)
Scott Jorgensen $21,000 (includes $10,500 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos $7,000
Shane Roller $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuani $7,000
Manny Gamburyan $101,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus and $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) def. Mike Brown $21,000
Ben Henderson $91,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus and $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus) def. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone $14,000
Jose Aldo $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Urijah Faber $28,000