WEC fighter paydays and bonus awards for 'Torres vs Tapia'

MMAmania.com has received the fighter payouts for WEC 37: "Torres vs. Tapia" from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for the promotion's year-end event held on Wednesday, December 3 at "The Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres was the big winner on the night. Not only did he retain his championship gold, but he also earned the most scratch with a $44,000 paycheck for just over a round and a half worth of work.

His opponent, Manny Tapia, was the eighth lowest paid fighter out of 20 competitors who were in action on the WEC 37 card. He took home a $6,000 payday and a nice shiner to boot.

Main card winners Brian Bowles ($16,000), Wagnney Fabiano ($22,000) and Joseph Benavidez ($17,000) were also rewarded for their respective winning efforts.

It's also worth noting that each of the 10 winners on the night came into their respective bouts as favorites, which is very unusual for a mixed martial arts event.

Without further delay here are the full WEC 37 payouts:

Miguel Torres — $44,000 ($22,000 to show, $22,000 to win)
Manny Tapia — $6,000
Miguel Torres defeats Manny Tapia via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:04 of round two

Brian Bowles — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Will Ribeiro — $4,000
Brian Bowles defeats Will Ribeiro via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:11 of round three

Wagnney Fabiano — $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 to win)
Akitoshi Tamura — $6,000
Wagnney Fabiano defeats Akitoshi Tamura via submission (head and arm choke) at 4:48 of round three

Joseph Benavidez — $17,000 ($8,500 to show, $8,500 to win)
Danny Martinez — $2,000
Joseph Benavidez defeats Danny Martinez via unanimous decision

Johnny Hendricks — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Justin Haskins — $3,000
Johnny Hendricks defeats Justin Haskins via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:07 of round two

Mark Munoz — $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Ricardo Barros — $3,000
Mark Munoz defeats Ricardo Barros via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:26 of round one

Diego Nunes — $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Cole Province — $3,000
Diego Nunes defeats Cole Province via unanimous decision

Bart Palaszewski — $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Alex Karalexis — $8,000
Bart Palaszewski defeats Alex Karalexis via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:49 of round two

Cub Swansn — $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Hiroyuki Takaya — $5,500
Cub Swanson defeats Hiroyuki Takaya via unanimous decision

Shane Roller - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Mike Budnik - $4,000
Shane Roller defeats Mike Budnik via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:01 of round one

Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.

For example, the WEC often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night."

In fact, the under card bout between featherweights Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya, which went the full three rounds, earned "Fight of the Night" honors. Brian Bowles' third round finish of Will Ribeiro with a guillotine choke earned him "Submission of the Night" accolades, and Bart Paleszewski's second round stoppage of Alex Karalexis was good enough for the "Knockout of the Night."

Swanson, Takaya, Bowles and Paleszewski each pocketed an extra $7,500 for their respective efforts, according to MMA Experts Blog.

The total base fighter payroll for the event was $219,000.

For complete results and coverage of "Torres vs. Tapia" click here.

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