Bowles’ $28K Leads WEC Payouts

By Sherdog.com Staff Aug 10, 2009
Newly minted World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Brian Bowles left Las Vegas with more than just the gold wrapped around his waist.

The 29-year-old pocketed an event-high $28,000 after he blistered Miguel Torres in the WEC 42 main event on Sunday, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and WEC representatives. Bowles’ haul included a $9,000 win bonus and $10,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus. Torres, who lost for the first time in almost six years, took home $26,000 after being knocked unconscious 3:57 into round one.

Bowles (8-0) dropped Torres with a short counter right hook, followed him to the ground and teed off with power shots, most of which found their intended marks. The defeat snapped a remarkable 17-fight winning streak for Torres (37-2).

Meanwhile, Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez, two top bantamweight contenders, were awarded matching $10,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses after their three-round encounter. Cruz (14-1), who won a unanimous decision, walked away with a total payday of $24,000. Benavidez (10-1), stung by defeat for the first time as a professional, banked $22,500.

Finally, former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Rani Yahya earned a $10,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus after he took care of John Hosman with a north-south choke 2:08 into their match. Yahya’s $26,000 payday dwarfed that of his opponent, who pocketed $3,000 for his troubles.

WEC 42 Payouts

Brian Bowles -- $28,000 (includes $9,000 win, $10,000 KOTN bonuses)
Miguel Torres -- $26,000
Rani Yahya -- $26,000 (includes $8,000 win, $10,000 SOTN bonuses)
Dominick Cruz -- $24,000 (includes $7,000 win, $10,000 FOTN bonuses)
Leonard Garcia -- $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Joseph Benavidez -- $22,500 (includes $10,000 FOTN bonus)
Shane Roller -- $21,200 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Danny Castillo -- $14,000 (includes $7,000 bonus)
Ed Ratcliff – $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Takeya Mizugaki -- $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
L.C. Davis -- $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Jeff Curran -- $8,000
Diego Nunes -- $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Marcus Hicks -- $6,800
Cole Province -- $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Javier Vasquez -- $6,000
Ricardo Lamas -- $4,000
Rafael Dias -- $4,000
Jameel Massouh -- $3,000
Phil Cardella -- $3,000
John Hosman -- $3,000
Fredson Paixao -- $2,000
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