David Branch collected a second WSOF title belt. | File photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Justin Gaethje successfully defended a title at World Series of Fighting 23, while David Branch added another belt to his trophy case. As a result, both fighters earned an event-high $100,000.
The Arizona MMA and Boxing Commission released salary information from the card to Sherdog.com on Tuesday. WSOF 23 took place at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on Friday night.
Gaethje had another memorable brawl with Luis Palomino ($20,000) in the evening’s headliner before putting his opponent away with punches 4:30 into the second round of their lightweight championship clash. Gaethje previously earned $60,000 for a third-round stoppage of Palomino in their first meeting at WSOF 19.
Already the promotion’s reigning middleweight king, Branch took home the vacant light heavyweight strap by tapping out Teddy Holder ($12,000) with a rear-naked choke 2:21 into the opening stanza of the co-main event.
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.
World Series of Fighting 23 Salaries:
Justin Gaethje: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Luis Palomino: $20,000
David Branch: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Teddy Holder: $12,000
Timur Valiev: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Tito Jones: $3,000
Ben Fodor: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Roberto Yong: $2,000
Brian Foster: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
LaRue Burley: $4,000
Vagab Vagabov: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Brian Grinnell: $1,500
Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Krasimir Mladenov: $3,000
Matthew Frincu: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Danny Davis Jr. : $3,000
David Nuzzo: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Andres Ponce: $1,000
Joey Miolla: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Randy Steinke: $1,500
Benny Madrid: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jeff Fletcher: $1,000