On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released the official fighter purses for “WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” which took place Sun., Aug. 9, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Although losing his WEC Bantamweight Title via first round knockout, Miguel “Angel” Torres was the highest paid fighter on the card, taking home $25,000 for his main event efforts. His opponent, Brian Bowles, improving his undefeated record to 8-0, took home a base pay of $9,000, plus $9,000 to win, for a total of $18,000.
The low man on the totem pole was Fredson Paixao who lost via split decision to Cole Province in an un-aired preliminary bout. The 8-4 Brazilian earned $2,000 for his second appearance inside the WEC cage.
WEC 42 base salaries:
Brian Bowles — $18,000 ($9,000, $9,000 to win)
Miguel Torres — $25,000
Bowles defeated Torres via knockout (strikes) in round one
Dominick Cruz — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Joseph Benavidez — $12,500
Cruz defeated Benavidez via unanimous decision
Danny Castillo — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Ricardo Lamas — $4,000
Castillo defeated Lamas via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Takeya Mizugaki — $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Jeff Curran — $8,000
Mizugaki defeated Curran via split decision
Leonard Garcia — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Jameel Massouh — $3,000
Garcia defeated Massouh via split decision
Cole Province — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Fredson Paixao — $2,000
Province defeated Paixao via unanimous decision
Shane Roller — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Marcus Hicks — $8,000
Roller defeated Hicks via unanimous decision
Ed Ratcliff — $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Phil Cardella — $3,000
Ratcliff defeated Cardella via unanimous decision
Diego Nunes — $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Rafael Dias — $4,000
Nunes defeated Dias via unanimous decision
Rani Yahya — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
John Hosman — $3,000
Yahya defeated Hosman via submission (north-south choke) in round one
LC Davis — $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Javier Vasquez — $6,000
Davis defeated Vasquez via split decision
Total WEC 42 payroll = $234,500
Disclaimer: Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include other methods of income fighters can earn for each fight through sponsorships, fight bonuses (Fight of the Night, KO of the Night, Submission of the Night), etc.
The salaries listed above also do not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
In addition to the above listed base salaries, certain fighters were awarded bonuses for their WEC 42 achievements.
WEC 42 Fight Night Bonuses:
Fight of the Night — Dominick Cruz ($10,000) vs. Joseph Benavidez ($10,000)
Knockout of the Night — Brian Bowles ($10,000)
Submission of the Night – Rani Yahya ($10,000)
For a complete rundown of all the action at WEC 42 check out the PRO MMA (promma.info) “WEC 42: Bowles vs. Torres” play-by-play.