Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski took home the largest payday from the World Series of Fighting’s inaugural event, banking $60,000 for defeating Devin Cole in the evening’s headliner.
Cole earned $10,000 in defeat, falling by first-round technical knockout at the Nov. 3 event, which took place at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOF main card aired on NBC Sports Network and also saw former UFC welterweight talent Anthony Johnson knock out Cage Warriors heavyweight titlist D.J. Linderman in the first round of their 205-pound co-main event. “Rumble” took home $55,000 for his win, while Linderman pocketed $10,000.
Earlier on the main card, Marlon Moraes ($12,000) took a hard-fought split decision against former WEC champ Miguel Torres ($18,000) in a bantamweight clash, while kickboxing standout Tyrone Spong garnered $27,000 for his MMA debut, a first-round knockout of Travis Bartlett ($4,000) at 205 pounds.
All told, the total disclosed payroll for the 10-bout event was $352,000. Figures were released to Sherdog.com by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
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.
World Series of Fighting 1 Salaries:
Andrei Arlovski: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Devin Cole: $10,000
Anthony Johnson: $55,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
D.J. Linderman: $10,000
Marlon Moraes: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Miguel Torres: $18,000
Tyrone Spong: $27,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Travis Bartlett: $4,000
Tyson Steele: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Gregor Gracie: $25,000
Brian Cobb: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Ronys Torres: $12,000
Steve Carl: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ramico Blackmon: $10,000
Josh Burkman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Gerald Harris: $15,000
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
T.J. O'Brien: $5,000
David Branch: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Dustin Jacoby: $5,000