The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today released the official fighter purses for those who competed at WEC 42 last night (Aug. 9) from "The Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite losing his WEC bantamweight title, Miguel "Angel" Torres was the bread winner on the night, pocketing $25,000 for his main event first round knockout loss to Brian Bowles. The new champ, on the other hand, took home $18,000 for his efforts.
Scheduled under card fighter Leonard Garcia hauled in the second biggest paycheck of $24,000, earning every penny of it with a hard-fought split decision win over Jameel Massouh that was bumped to the Versus telecast at the last minute.
Here is the complete list of WEC 42 payouts:
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
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." To check out these figures for WEC 42 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the Versus network event was $234,500.