David Branch is one of the few fighters in history to hold major titles in two weight classes simultaneously, and he got paid like it for his middleweight title defense at World Series of Fighting 30.
Branch won a unanimous decision over Clifford Starks, which netted him a $130,000 payday, while Starks went home with $15,000 in his pocket.
Former UFC welterweight contender and newly minted WSOF 170-pound titleholder Jon Fitch was the only other fighter on the card that even came close to Branch’s payout. Fitch scored $70,000 in defeating Joao Zeferino for the vacant belt, which had been stripped from former champion Rousimar Palhares.
The rest of the fighters on the card earned paydays ranging from $500 to $15,000, according to the Nevada Athletic Commission.
The disclosed fighter payroll does not include any discretionary bonuses, endorsements, or other income not included on bout agreements.
World Series of Fighting 30: Branch vs. Starks took place on Saturday, Aril 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
WSOF 30: Branch vs. Starks Fighter Salaries
David Branch: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $15,000
Jon Fitch: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Joao Zeferino: $15,000
Vinny Magalhaes: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Jake Heun: $10,000
Abu Azaitar: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Danny Davis Jr: $3,000
Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus) def. Matthew Frincu: $4,000
Rex Harris: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Clinton Williams: $4,000
Steve Kozola: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Matt Church: $1,000
Adam Acquaviva: $4,200 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Andres Ponce: $800*
Zach Bunnell: $1,000 (includes $500 win bonus) def. Jeff ….View full article