The official fighter purses for those who competed at WEC 48: "Aldo vs. Faber" this past Saturday night (April 24) from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California were released earlier today by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
The WEC's first pay-per-view event was supposedly designed to largely increase fighter paydays, but according to these numbers, there doesn't appear to be too much of a difference in this fight card's payouts and other WEC events that preceded it.
Defending featherweight champion and fast-rising pound-for-pound contender Jose Aldo walked away from his title defense with $40,000, the highest salary of any of the card's participants. His opponent, Urijah Faber, pulled in a cool $28,000.
The promotion's lightweight champion, Ben Henderson, earned $26,000 for his first round submission victory over Donald Cerrone, who took home $14,000.
Here is the complete list of WEC 48: "Aldo vs. Faber" payouts:
Jose Aldo -- $40,000 (20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Urijah Faber -- $28,000
Aldo defeated Faber via unanimous decision
Ben Henderson -- $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Donald Cerrone -- $14,000
Henderson defeated Cerrone via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Manny Gamburyan -- $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Mike Brown -- $21,000
Gamburyan defeated Brown via technical knockout in round one
Shane Roller -- $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Anthony Njokuani-- $7,000
Roller defeated Njokuani via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Scott Jorgensen -- $21,000 ($10,500 to show, $10,500 to win)
Antonio Banuelos -- $7,000
Jorgensen defeated Banuelos via unanimous decision
Leonard Garcia -- $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Chan Sung Jung -- $5,000
Garcia defeated Jung via split decision
Anthony Pettis -- $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Alex Karalexis -- $10,000
Pettis defeated Karalexis via submission (triangle choke) in round two
Brad Pickett -- $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Demetrious Johnson -- $13,000
Pickett defeated Johnson via unanimous decision
Chad Mendes -- $8,500 ($4,500 to show, $4,000 to win)
Anthony Morrison -- $4,000
Mendes defeated Morrison via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Takeya Mizugaki -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Rani Yahya -- $9,000
Mizugaki defeated Yahya via unanimous decision
Tyler Toner -- $5,000 ($3,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Brandon Visher -- $4,000
Toner defeated Visher via technical knockout in 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 hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night." This event did see a rise in those numbers to a tune of $65,000 per award. To check out these figures for WEC 48: "Aldo vs. Faber" go here.
The total base fighter payroll for this pay-per-view event was $336,500.