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Joseph Benavidez tops WEC 47 salaries

This past Saturday night was one 24-year old Joseph Benavidez will undoubtedly remember for the rest of his life. Along with “Submission of the Night” honors, a definitive finish over highly touted opponent Miguel Torres, and a likely shot at the WEC Bantamweight Championship, Urijah Faber’s protégé also took home the largest check of the evening by earning $39,000 for his performance at the event.

Here is a complete rundown of salary information made available by the Ohio Athletic Commission including event-specific bonuses. They were originally reported on MMAJunkie:

Ricardo Lamas: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Bendy Casimir: $3,000

Fredson Paixao: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Courtney Buck: $3,000

Leonard Garcia: $24,000 (includes $10,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) draw vs. George Roop: $13,000 (includes $10,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)

Anthony Pettis: $16,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus / $10,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Danny Castillo: $9,500

Chad Mendes: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch: $3,000

Scott Jorgensen: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Chad George: $3,000

Bart Palaszewski: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Karen Darabedyan: $4000

L.C. Davis: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Deividas Taurosevicius: $9,000

Javier Vazquez: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver: $14,000

Joseph Benavidez: $39,000 (includes $14,500 win bonus / $10,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Miguel Torres: $26,000

Dominick Cruz: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Brian Bowles: $12,000

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Dominick Cruz: $18,000 for winning a belt, i sure hope this WEC ppv takes off cos they need to be paying these guys more. you get these prima donnas in the UFC/Strikeforce/Dream who get paid shit loads to dance around, too scared to take any risks, happy to bore us to a safe decision and these guys get paid pittance for constantly putting on awesome shows. things need to change

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Yeah it would be nice if they got more, but I really really like seeing these shows on Verses. But I agree,WEC always puts on great cards and Saturday was awesome, the Jorgensen finish was sweet, feet kickin’ in midair and all!!! The show was very unpredictable and it set up fights that an hour before showtime, I didn’t know I wanted to see, or thought I would see. I want them to get UFC/WEC together, with all weightclasses weekly on primetime TV, with each week rotating between main events in each weight class, either contenders or championship fights, with undercards showcasing up and comers in various weightclasses. With some good sponsorship, It could be done, but it would have to be centralized like the NFL. The other promotions would have to be minor leagues, with the top stars all in one place for it to work. The competition model is just not working, the talent pool isn’t big enough. Look at football, pros vs college. The pros are one, and college is a clusterfuck of people saying they are better but didn’t get the chance/money/exposure, sound familiar?


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