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Andrei Arlovski earns $60,000 for knockout of Devin Cole

It’s not often a MMA organization debuts with a lineup as strong as the one featured over the weekend at WSOF 1. At the show, names like Miguel Torres, Anthony Johnson, and Andrei Arlovski took to the cage in addition to a number of other fighters formerly calling the UFC, Bellator, or Strikeforce home. The card certainly lived up to expectations too thanks to a number of memorable finishes, and in general the evening ended with fans feeling good about the promotion’s prospects.

Salaries have since been released from the event and, based on the numbers being reported, it looks like World Series of Fighting didn’t go over the top when it came to pay but also offered up enough to attract additional free agents in the future.

According to a report from MMAJunkie, Arlovski took home the most money at $60,000. “The Pitbull” received $30,000 for showing and saw it doubled thanks to his TKO of opponent Devin Cole in the opening round of their headlining tilt. Johnson nearly matched Arlovski’s check at $55,000, also making $30,000 as a base but only getting $25,000 extra for the win.

A full list of WSOF salaries can be seen below:

David Branch: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Dustin Jacoby: $5,000
Gesias Cavalcante: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
T.J. O’Brien: $5,000
Josh Burkman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Gerald Harris: $15,000
Steve Carl: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ramico Blackmon: $10,000
Brian Cobb: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Ronys Torres: $12,000
Tyson Steele: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Gregor Gracie: $25,000
Tyrone Spong: $27,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Travis Bartlett: $4,000
Miguel Torres: $18,000
Marlon Moraes: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
D.J. Linderman: $10,000
Anthony Johnson: $55,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Devin Cole: $10,000
Andrei Arlovski: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)


  • MCM says:

    I missed these fights due to prior work commitments, but I’m glad to see WSOF didn’t blow their wad the same way Affliction did. These numbers are akin to a lot of UFC fighter salaries (not sure what that says about the UFC) without going overboard. I know Rumble was making a $20k base salary just last year when he beat Hardy.

    and just to put it out there…..Bonus Money, Sponsor Money, Locker Room Money, Undisclosed Money from Dana, etc. etc. etc.

  • Lord Faust says:

    The card was pretty good considering SFL, Bellator and UFC have most of the notable fighters under contract.

    Andrei looked pretty good, though from what I understand Cole was basically retired until this fight came along. Despite it being a strike-based stoppage, it was less memorable than AJ planking Linderman or Spong notching the sickest walk-away KO I’ve seen.

    Definitely a good show, though their crowd was 2/3 comped. I hope they can make a run of it, as they seem to have a decent business sense — at least when it comes to their payroll.

    Only downsides of the show were: “free” stream only showed the first 3 fights, and I had to accept the fact that Miguel Torres is probably done for good.


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