The Nevada State Athletic Commission has just released the official paydays for “WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki.” Thursday night’s show took place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former featherweight champ Urijah Faber submitted Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki in the show’s featured attraction.
As expected, “The California Kid” was the card’s highest earner as he pocketed a cool $56,000 for his four minutes and 50 seconds of work.
Oddly, Chad Mendez was victorious in his co-main event bout but only left Vegas with $17K. Three athletes that competed before him made more money, including Raphael Assuncao who didn’t appear in the televised portion of the Versus broadcast.
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 Fight Night bonuses, secret somethin’ somethin’ handshakes, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
Here are the salaries for WEC 52 (Courtesy of MMAjunkie.com):
Urijah Faber: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $10,000
Chad Mendes: $17,000 ($8,500 win bonus)
def. Javier Vazquez: $11,000
Erik Koch: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $4,000
Joseph Benavidez: $35,000 ($17,500 win bonus)
def. Wagnney Fabiano: $19,000
Demetrious Johnson: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus)
def. Damacio Page: $9,000
Raphael Assuncao: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus)
def. L.C. Davis: $11,000
Anthony Njokuani: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def. Edward Faaloloto: $3,500
Dustin Poirier: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Zack Micklewright: $3,000
Michael McDonald: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Clint Godfrey: $3,000
Cub Swanson: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)
def. Mackens Semerzier: $4,000
Yves Jabouin: $5,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Visher: $4,000