WSOF 9 Salaries Revealed: Rousimar Palhares & Marlon Moraes Top Payroll

Newly crowned champions Rousimar Palhares and Marlon Moraes picked up the biggest payouts at this weekends WSOF 9 event.

“Toquinho” picked up his first win in the promotion with a 69-second submission over Steve Carl to become the divisions new champion. In total, the Brazilian picked up $50,000 for just over one minutes work.

Palhares’ fellow countryman, Moraes, also netted $50,000 for his nights work in the co-main event, beating Josh Rettinghouse to win the promotions bantamweight title.

The full list of the disclosed payouts were released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who oversaw the event, earlier today. WSOF 9 took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The total payout for the card is as followed:

Champ Rousimar Palhares: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Steve Carl: $20,000

Champ Marlon Moraes: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Rettinghouse: $4,000

Josh Burkman: $25,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tyler Stinson: $7,000

Yushin Okami: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Svetlozar Savov: $4,000

Johnny Nunez: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Ozzy Dugulubgov: $6,000

Mike Corey: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Kruchten: $3,000

Bryson Hansen: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Sean Cantor: $500

Chris Gruetzemacher: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. John Gunderson: $2,000

Brenson Hansen: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Boostayre Nefarios: $1,000

Danny Davis: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Phil Dace: $1,000

Gil Guardado: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Jimmy Spicuzza: $1,000

The figures do not reflect deductions for insurance, licenses and taxes etc. The salaries do not include any “locker room” bonuses or discretionary bonuses which some organizations hand out. Also the figures do not include money which is paid to a fighter from his sponsors, which can often be the majority of the fighters income.

The total amount payed out to the athletes who competed at the event was $251,500.

What do you make of the payouts?


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    April 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    500$ really?

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    April 1, 2014 at 9:19 am

    But this is still somehow Dana's fault for these guys being underpaid right haters?

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      April 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      yep, he and the UFC are setting the stupidly low standard.

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        April 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

        I doubt WSOF could afford to pay much more anyway. I don't know what their TV contract pays per event, but their fighter pay is typically in the $200K – $300K range, and their gates are typically only $60K – $100K…or about a third of what they pay their fighters.

        By comparison, at UFC 171, the fighter pay (including "of the night" bonuses) was a little under $1.3 million, while the gate was $2.6 million…or more than double what they payed their fighters.

        Add to that the fact that the UFC's pay per view sales are vastly greater than whatever WSOF pulls in for a free event on NBC, and the UFC is definitely paying their fighters a much, much smaller percentage of their revenues than WSOF does.

        I seriously doubt WSOF could afford to pay out much more to their fighters at this point. If anything, the UFC is forcing them to pay some of their guys more than they would like to, just to keep them.

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Question is: would you take $20k to face Palhares???? Toco we love you!!!!!

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