WEC 50 last night on Versus once again delivered. It was an awesome night of fights which was action packed from start to finish like we have come to expect from the WEC. Scott Jorgensen led the payroll last night with his $25,000 with only one other fighter breaking the $20k mark, that being main event winner Dominick Cruz. Here is the full list of fighter salaries courtesy of Sherdog.com:
Dominick Cruz $22,000 ($11,000) defeated Joseph Benavidez $17,500
Anthony Pettis $12,000 ($6,000 show/win) defeated Shane Roller $16,000
Chad Mendes $11,000 ($5,500 show/win) defeated Cub Swanson $11,000
Scott Jorgensen $25,000 ($12,500 show/win) defeated Brad Pickett $7,000
Brad Palaszewski $16,000 ($8,000 show/win) defeated Zach Mickelwright $3,000
Maciej Jewtuszko $6,000 ($3,000 show/win) defeated Anthony Njokuani $7,000
Javier Vasquez $16,000 ($8,000 show/win) defeated Mackens Semerzier $4,000
Ricardo Lamas $14,000 ($7,000 show/win) defeated Dave Jansen $4,000
Fredson Paixao $6,000 ($3,000 show/win) defeated Bryan Caraway $4,000
Danny Castillo $19,000 ($9,500 show/win) defeated Dustin Poirier $3,000
As is traditional with Zuffa events the fighters also got some bonuses, I would hate to be the guy who had to chose but Fight of the Night went to Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett who each received an extra $10,000. Also bolstering their paychecks were Maciej Jewtzusko and Anthony Pettis who took home the extra $10k for Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night respectively.
*These salaries do not include "locker room bonuses," sponsorship income or any other incentives the WEC fighters may have been offered. They are simply the numbers provided to the NSAC by WEC in accordance with state publishing requirements. It should also be noted that fighters also have to pay taxes like the rest of us and in some cases give up a significant amount to their gym/coaches/teammates etc.