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WEC 45 Fighter Salaries: Benavidez and Cerrone Top Earners

Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez and Donald Cerrone, main card winners at Saturday’s WEC 45 in Las Vegas, topped the payroll for the Versus-televised event, according to official fighter salaries released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Benavidez earned $25,000 for his win over Rani Yahya, while Cerrone took home $24,000 for his victory over Ed Ratcliff in the WEC 45 headliner. Other top earners included Chris Horodecki ($12,000), Ratcliff ($9,000), and Yahya ($9,000).

The official salaries for WEC 45 were:

  • Donald Cerrone ($24,000 – includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Ed Ratcliff ($9,000)
  • Anthony Njokuani ($8,000 – $4,000 win bonus)def. Chris Horodecki ($12,000)
  • Joseph Benavidez ($25,000 – $12,500 win bonus)def. Rani Yahya ($9,000)
  • Scott Jorgensen ($14,000 – $7,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki ($8,000)
  • Bart Palaszewski ($10,000 – $5,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis ($3,000)
  • Zach Micklewright ($4,000 – $2,000 win bonus) def. Muhsin Corbbrey ($4,000)
  • Chad George ($5,000 – $2,000 win bonus) def. John Hosman ($3,000)
  • Brandon Visher ($6,000 – $3,000 win bonus) def. Courtney Buck ($3,000)
  • Brad Pickett ($6,000 – $3,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Dietz ($2,000)
  • Erik Koch ($4,000 – $2,000 win bonus) def. Jameel Massouh ($3,000)

In addition to the salaries listed above, Cerrone and Ratcliff were each awarded $10,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses, Njokuani earned $10,000 for “Knockout of the Night,” Pickett scored $10,000 for “Submission of the Night,” and Jorgensen and Mizugaki received $5,000 each for an extra “Fight of the Night”.

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