WSOF 19 Salaries: Justin Gaethje Earns Event-High $60,000 Paycheck

By: Tristen Critchfield
Mar 31, 2015
Justin Gaethje emerged from WSOF 19 with his belt and the show’s biggest paycheck. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Most observers would agree that World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje earned every bit of the event-high paycheck he received for his memorable victory over Luis Palomino this past Saturday night.

In a wild slugfest that ranks as one of 2015’s best bouts to date, Gaethje garnered $60,000 for his third-round stoppage of Palomino ($11,000) in the WSOF 19 headliner at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The Arizona MMA and Boxing Commission released salary information from the card to on Tuesday.

Last-minute replacement Teddy Holder pocketed $20,000 for his upset victory over Thiago Silva ($20,000) in the evening’s light heavyweight co-main event, while Dagestani bantamweight prospect Timur Valiev earned $18,000 for a first-round stoppage of Ed West ($2,500) in another featured bout.

Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.

WSOF 19 Salaries:

Justin Gaethje: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Luis Palomino: $11,000

Teddy Holder: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Thiago Silva: $20,000

Timur Valiev: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
Ed West: $2,500

Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Jake Heun: $6,000

Jimmy Spicuzza: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Benny Madrid: $1,250

Joe Gigliotti: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Brendan Tierney: $1,500

Andres Ponce: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Juan Archuleta: $750

Dan Huber: $1,000
Israel Aquino: $750

Matthew Frincu: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
Eric Regan: $750

Erik Villalobos: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Joe Madrid: $1,000

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