While Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson may have lost in the main event of EliteXC and CBS’ Saturday Night Fights against Seth Petruzelli as a result of a 14 second TKO, he still managed to walk away with $500,000.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the information after obtaining copies of signed bout agreements from the Florida State Boxing Commission.
Petruzelli, who had originally been scheduled to appear on the undercard vs. Aaron Rosa in a light heavyweight bout, earned a total of $50,000 for the winning effort. EliteXC, which presumably had to negotiate a new salary agreement with Petruzelli after promoting him to the main event, paid him a guarantee of $35,000 and then an additional $15,000 as a win bonus.
Below are the salary figures for the notable fighters involved with Saturday’s show. It should be noted that the salary figures below do not take in consideration any bonuses the fighters might have received as compensation outside of their individual bout agreements.
EliteXC “Heat” Payroll Figures:
— Kimbo Slice: $500,000 vs. Seth Petruzelli: $50,000 ($35,000 to show and $15,000 to win). Slice could have earned an additional $100,000 win bonus if he had defeated Petruzelli.
— Jake Shields: $50,000 ($40,000 to show and $10,000 to win) vs. Paul Daley: $12,000. Daley could have earned an addition $12,000 win bonus had he defeated Shields.
— Andrei Arlovski: $500,000 vs. Roy Nelson: $80,000. No win bonus awarded to either fighter. It is believed that the purses of both Arlovski and Nelson were underwritten by Affliction Entertainment but the documents we have received from the Florida State Boxing Commission does not confirm that.
— Gina Carano: $25,000 ($15,000 to show and $10,000 to win) vs. Kelly Kobold: $6,000. Kobold would have earned $12,000 with a victory over Carano.
— Benji Radach: $30,000 ($15,000 to show and $15,000 to win) vs. Murilo Rua: $35,000. Rua would have earned an additional $35,000 as a win bonus had he defeated Radach.
— Cristiane Justino (aka “Cris Cyborg”): $8,000 ($4,000 to show and $4,000 to win) vs. Yoko Takahashi: $2,000. Takahashi would have earned an additional $2,000 had she defeated Cyborg.
— Conor Heun: $5,000 ($2,500 to show and $2,500 to win) vs. Edson Berto: $6,000. Berton would have earned an additional $6,000 had he been able to defeat Heun.