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Urijah Faber heads the list of WEC 38 earners with $48,000

Urijah Faber may no longer have the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title but he once again topped the list of salaries at WEC 38 two weeks ago.

Despite losing the title to Mike Brown back in November, Faber remains the WEC top draw and it reflects in his $48,000 payday. His opponent, Jens Pulver, whom he defeated for the second time in the past ten months, was the event’s second leading earner at $35,000.

The card was headlined by a lightweight title defense by Jamie Varner, who successfully defended his belt for the second time against previously undefeated Donald Cerrone. Varner earned $34,000 as he was paid $17,000 to show and another $17,000 in the form of the win bonus. In comparison, Cerrone received just $9,000 in spite of his main event status.

The information is courtesy of, which obtained the salary figures from the California State Athletic Commission.

The event drew just over 10,000 fans to the San Diego Sports Arena which collected a live gate of $486, 324. The total payroll for the first-ever WEC event in San Diego was $217,000.

Complete salaries are listed below but it should be noted that the figures do not reflect compensation paid to the fighters by their sponsors. Additionally, the below figures do not account for deductions that include fees for insurance, licenses and taxes. And finally, the figures below also do not take into account any undisclosed bonuses awarded by the promotion to the fighter.

WEC 38 Salary Breakdown:

  • Jamie Varner: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Donald Cerrone: $9,000
  • Urijah Faber: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver: $35,000
  • Danillo Villefort: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Mike Campbell: $3,000
  • Jose Aldo: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Rolando Perez: $3,000
  • Ben Henderson: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuani: $2,000
  • Edgar Garcia: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Hiromitsu Miura: $6,000
  • Dominick Cruz: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Ian McCall: $3,000
  • Scott Jorgensen: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Frank Gomez: $2,O00
  • Jesse Lennox: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Blas Avena: $7,000
  • Charlie Valencia: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Seth Dikun: $2,000
  • JOe K. says:

    Their pay is horrible. They should get off Versus and move to Spike for some more revenue.

    9000 for the headliner! Seriously

  • htown-chris says:

    wow cowboy got hosed twice in one night. its amazing that the number one contender got paid like that. and that varner took home a win bonus for that crap. no fight of the night bonus or for varner best acting award bonus. still a little miffed about that fight.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    The payroll was low, but so was the gate, and there were no ppv revenue to increase the pot. If the numbers in the story were accurate, the payroll was about 45% of the gate, and presumably that’s before other costs were netted out. I love the WEC, but they’ve got to do something to drive up their revenue.


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