It's a good day to be Marlon Moraes.
Following his successful Bantamweight title defense "Palhares vs. Shields" in Las Vegas, last Saturday night (Aug. 1, 2015), Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released payroll numbers for WSOF 22.
And Moraes cashed in big.
For his three round performance against the previously undefeated Sheymon Moraes, Marlon collected $70,000 to show and a $70,000 win bonus (minus fees for licensing and drug testing, etc.). He was essentially paid $140,000 for the fight, an average of $169 a second.
Not bad work if you can get it.
Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares would have banked $40,000 to show and a $40,000 win bonus for his three round title defense, but his winner's bonus is being withheld pending an investigation into his behavior during the fight by both World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and NSAC.
The complete payroll for WSOF 22 is below:
Main Card (NBC Sports Network)
Rousimar Palhares ($40,000 + $0 = $40,000) def. Jake Shields ($35,000)
Marlon Moraes ($70,000 + $70,000 = $140,000) def. Sheymon Moraes ($10,000)
Clifford Starks ($20,000 + N/A = $20,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Jorge Moreno ($1,000)
Islam Mamedov ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Jimmy Spicuzza ($3,000)
"Prelims" Undercard (Online)
Jake Heun ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Davin Clark ($3,000)
Donovan Frelow ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Carlos Garcia ($1,000)
Marco Simmons ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Jimmy Jones ($1,000)
Cory Hendricks ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Julio Hinojosa ($1,000)
Gil Guardado ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Pete Martin ($1,000)
Upon further review (watch it here), WSOF Vice President Ali Abdel-Aziz noted that Palhares was fighting dirty and that company president Rey Sefo would make a statement on the matter sometime tomorrow.
Watched the fight with Shields & Palhares. Palhares did gouge Jakes eyes & held the sub longer than needed. Ray will make announcement Tues— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) August 3, 2015
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