Although the salaries for all the fighters that participated in “WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez” were released prior to showtime, here’s the official rundown of each contestant’s W-2 now that we know who’s pocketing win bonuses.
Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz successfully defended his crown against Joseph Benavidez in the card’s main event. Cruz collected his 16th professional victory in 17 tries, as he edged out the talented challenger for a split decision win.
The event took place last night from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dominick Cruz: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Benavidez: $17,500
Anthony Pettis: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Roller: $16,000
Chad Mendes: $11,000 ($5,500 win bonus)
def. Cub Swanson: $11,000
Scott Jorgensen: $25,000 ($12,500 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $5,000
Bart Palaszewski: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Micklewright: $3,000
Javier Vazquez $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000
Maciej Jewtuszko: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $7,000
Ricardo Lamas: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def. Dave Jansen: $4,000
Fredson Paixao: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Caraway: $4,000
Danny Castillo: $19,000 ($9,500 win bonus)
def. Dustin Poirier: $3,000
Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes.
Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the WEC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, secret somethin’ somethin’ handshakes, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.