The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today released the official fighter purses for those who competed at WEC 44: "Brown vs. Aldo" this past Wednesday (Nov. 18) from "The Pearl" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Freshly minted WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was the second biggest earner of the night, pocketing a crisp $26,000 for his TKO win over former champ Mike Thomas Brown.
Manny Gamburyan took the top spot after racking up $36,000 -- and a unanimous decision win over fellow one-time UFC lightweight Leonard Garcia.
"Razor" Rob McCullough earned $20,000 in his losing effort to Karen Darabedyan and claimed the highest base salary for the show, which was $5,000 more than event headliner Mike Brown.
Here is the complete list of WEC 44 payouts:
Jose Aldo -- $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Mike Brown - $15,000
Aldo defeated Brown via technical knockout.
Manny Gamburyan -- $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Leonard Garcia -- $14,000
Garmburyan defeated Garcia via unanimous decision.
Karen Darabedyan -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Rob McCullough -- $20,000
Darabedyan defeated McCullough via split decision.
Shane Roller -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Danny Castillo -- $9,500
Roller defeated Castillo via submission.
Kamal Shalorus -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Will Kerr -- $2,000
Shalorus defeated Kerr via technical knockout.
L.C. Davis -- $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Diego Nunes -- $5,000
Davis defeated Nunes via unanimous decision
Cub Swanson -- $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 to win)
John Franchi -- $4,000
Swanson defeated Franchi via submission.
Antonio Banuelos - $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Kenji Osawa -- $6,000
Banuelos defeated Osawa via unanimous decision.
Ricardo Lamas -- $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
James Krause -- $2,000
Lamas defeated Krause via unanimous decision.
Frank Gomez -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Seth Dikun -- $3,000
Gomez defeated Dikun via unanimous 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 44 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the Versus network event was $236,500.