The official fighter purses for those who competed at WEC 52: "Faber vs. Mizugaki" last night (Nov. 11, 2010) from the "The Pearl" at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Former featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, was the top breadwinner of the night, pocketing $56,000 for his submission win -- and successful debut at bantamweight -- over Japanese import Takeya Mizugaki.
The promotion's perennial 135-pound contender, Joseph Benavidez, didn't do so bad himself, earning the next highest payday ($35,000) for choking out Wagnney Fabiano in the second round of their televised contest.
Here is the complete list of WEC 52: "Faber vs. Mizugaki" payouts:
Urijah Faber -- $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)
Takeya Mizugaki -- $10,000
Faber defeated Mizugaki via submission (rear naked choke)
Chad Mendes -- $17,000 ($8,500 to show, $8,500 to win)
Javier Vazquez -- $11,000
Mendes defeated Vasquez via unanimous decision
Dustin Poirier -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Zach Micklewright --$3,000
Porier defeated Micklewright via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Erik Koch -- $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Francisco Rivera -- $4,000
Koch defeated Rivera via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Cub Swanson -- $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 to win)
Mackens Semerzier -- $4,000
Swanson defeated Semerzier via split decision
Joseph Benavidez -- $35,000 ($17,500 to show, $17,500 to win)
Wagnney Fabiano -- $19,000
Benavidez defeated Fabiano via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
Demetrious Johnson -- $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Damacio Page -- $9,000
Johnson defeated Page via submission (guillotine choke) in round three
Raphael Assuncao -- $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
L.C. Davis -- $11,000
Assuncao defeated Davis via unanimous decision
Anthony Njokuani -- $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Edward Faaloloto -- $3,500
Njokuani defeated Faaloloto via technical knockout (elbow) in round two
Michael McDonald -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Clint Godfrey -- $3,000
McDonald defeated Godfrey via submission (armbar) in round one
Yves Jabouin -- $5,000 ($3,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Brandon Visher -- $4,000
Jabouin defeated Visher 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 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 52: "Faber vs. Mizugaki" click here.
The total base fighter payroll for this event was $284,500.