Aldo is not just king of the WEC’s featherweight hill; he was
also the promotion’s highest base-salary earner at WEC 48 “Aldo vs.
Faber,” according to figures released Wednesday by the California
State Athletic Commission.
The 24-year-old Brazilian took home $40,000 for his punishing
unanimous decision over former champion and hometown favorite
Faber, who earned $28,000 in disclosed pay.
The WEC’s first pay-per-view event drew 12,555 fans to Sacramento’s
Arco Arena for a gross gate of $792,640, said the CSAC. Zuffa’s
disclosed payroll for the event, including its popular performance
bonuses, was $596,500.
In the evening’s main attraction, WEC lightweight champion Benson
Henderson quickly nullified rival Donald
Cerrone with a guillotine choke two minutes into their rematch,
netting the versatile Arizona fighter a $26,000 payday. Henderson’s
pot was also sweetened by a $65,000 “submission of the night” bonus
doled out by the promotion, bringing his total to $91,000. Cerrone,
now 0-2 against the champion, received $14,000.
Garcia and Chan Sung
Jung also took home $65,000 bonuses each for their lauded
three-round brawl, which aired live on a one-hour special on Spike
TV prior to the pay-per-view. Manny
Gamburyan, who achieved the upset of the night with a
first-round technical knockout over former featherweight champion
Mike Thomas Brown was the recipient of the $65,000 “knockout of the
night” bonus, pushing his take-home to $101,000.