WSOF 22 Salaries: Marlon Moraes Banks $140K; Rousimar Palhares Win Bonus Withheld

By Staff Aug 3, 2015
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World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes pocketed an event-high $140,000 for his successful title defense at WSOF 22.

The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday released a list of disclosed payments from the event, which took place Aug. 1 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Moraes retained his belt in the show’s co-headliner, as the streaking Brazilian took out countryman Sheymon da Silva Moraes ($10,000) with a third-round rear-naked choke.

WSOF welterweight champ Rousimar Palhares received only half of his winnings from his third-round kimura finish of Jake Shields in the evening’s main event. Palhares, who repeatedly gouged Shields’ eyes before holding on too long to the fight-ending submission, was paid his $40,000 “show” money; however, the Brazilian’s $40,000 win bonus was withheld by the commission. Shields, who could also face disciplinary action for punching Palhares after the end of the fight, earned $35,000 in defeat.

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.

Word Series of Fighting 22 Salaries

Rousimar Palhares: $40,000
Jake Shields: $35,000

Marlon Moraes: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Sheymon da Silva Moraes: $10,000

Clifford Starks: $20,000
Mike Kyle: $10,000

Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Jorge Moreno: $1,000

Islam Mamedov: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Jimmy Spicuzza: $3,000

Jake Heun: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Davin Clark: $3,000

Donavon Frelow: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Carlos Garcia: $1,000

Marco Lopez Simmons: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jimmy Jones: $1,000

Cory Hendricks: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Julio Hinojosa: $1,000

Gil Guardado: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Pete Martin: $1,000

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