WEC 42 Fighters Deliver Great Action at Low Low Prices

Bowles-torres_medium MMA Mania has the payout numbers for WEC 42:

Brian Bowles - $18,000 ($9,000, $9,000 to win)
Miguel Torres - $25,000

Dominick Cruz - $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Joseph Benavidez - $12,500

Danny Castillo - $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Ricardo Lamas - $4,000

Takeya Mizugaki - $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Jeff Curran - $8,000

Leonard Garcia - $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Jameel Massouh - $3,000

Cole Province - $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Fredson Paixao - $2,000

Shane Roller - $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Marcus Hicks - $8,000

Ed Ratcliff - $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Phil Cardella - $3,000

Diego Nunes - $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Rafael Dias - $4,000

Rani Yahya - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
John Hosman - $3,000

LC Davis - $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Javier Vasquez - $6,000

Maggie Hendricks makes the case that the WEC crew put on a better show than the much better compensated UFC 101 fighters:

But just as has happened in the past, the WEC fights -- shown on cable for no additional fee -- were more thrilling than the pay-per-view UFC fights.

Before the WEC card even started, the news came out over Twitter that a fight was added to the main card, the exhausting split decision win for Leonard Garcia over Jameel Massouh. Next, Takeya Mizugaki survived a triangle choke for the final minute of the fight to pull out a decision over Jeff Curran. After losing most of the fight, Danny Castillo pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a technical knockout of Ricardo Lamas, just before Dominick Cruz won a frenzy of a fight over Joseph Benavidez. This all led up to the stunning upset, Brian Bowles knocking out Miguel Torres.

Compare those fights to the UFC 101 snoozefest of Kurt Pellegrino's decision over Josh Neer, or the early stoppage between Johny Hendricks and Amir Sadollah. There wasn't an exciting, engaged fight until Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin took to the cage, and Silva KOed Griffin.

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