Jens Pulver, Manny Gamburyan, WEC featherweight title challenger Urijah Faber, and 145-pound champion Mike Brown were the top earners at Sunday’s WEC 41 event in Sacramento, according to figures today released by the California State Athletic Commission.
Pulver, a former UFC lightweight champion who suffered his fourth-straight loss and likely retired at the event, took home an event-high $31,253 for his first-round submission loss to Josh Grispi.
Gamburyan, the runner up on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter 5, surprisingly out-earned both Brown and Faber with his unanimous decision victory over John Franchi on the WEC 41 preliminary card, scoring $26,960 for his debut win.
Brown and Faber took home nearly identical purses, with Brown earning $25,256 (including a $13,000 win bonus) for his main event victory while Faber received $25,790.
The official WEC 41 salaries, as reported to the CSAC, were:
- Mike Brown ($25,256 – includes win bonus of $13,000) def. Urijah Faber ($25,790)
- Jose Aldo ($17,625 – includes win bonus of $11,000) def. Cub Swanson ($8,940)
- Donald Cerrone ($17,682.54 – includes win bonus of $9,000) def. James Krause ($1,692)
- Josh Grispi ($17,381 – includes win bonus of $9,000) def. Jens Pulver ($31,253)
- Manny Gamburyan ($26,960 – includes win bonus of $14,000) def. John Franchi ($3,108)
- Rafael Rebello ($3,650 – includes win bonus of $2,000) def. Kyle Dietz ($1,840)
- Anthony Pettis ($3,302.10 – includes win bonus of $2,000) def. Mike Campbell ($2,950)
- Antonio Banuelos ($9,840 – includes win bonus of $5,000) def. Scott Jorgensen ($5,530)
- Frank Gomez ($3,962.41 – includes win bonus of $2,000) def. Noah Thomas ($2,630)
- Seth Dikun ($3,940 – includes win bonus was $2,000) def. Rolando Perez ($2,890)
The total disclosed payroll for the card was $216,222.05.
Brown, Faber, Aldo, and Dikun all took home additional $10,000 “fight night” bonuses for their WEC 41 performances.
Check out MMAFrenzy.com’s recap and official results for WEC 41 here.
[Pictured: Urijah Faber]