Former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields handily topped the payroll report for last Saturday's WSOF 17 event, taking home $65,000 for his main event win over Brian Foster, according to figures released to MMAFighting.com by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Shields, a one-time UFC title contender who was unceremoniously cut from the promotion after seeing his four-fight unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of Hector Lombard in mid-2014, picked up his second straight first-round victory inside the WSOF cage, submitting welterweight veteran Foster with a rear-naked choke in under three minutes. Foster earned $15,000 in defeat.
WSOF 17 took place Jan. 17 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV.
Aside from Shields and Foster, no other fighters on the card hit the five-figure mark with their purses. Bantamweight prospect Bryson Hansen was the closest, as he earned $8,000 for his main card win over Rudy Morales.
A complete breakdown of WSOF 17's salary figures can be seen below, although these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as sponsorship money is not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (NBC Sports Network)
Jake Shields ($30,000 + $35,000 = $65,000) def. Brian Foster ($15,000)
Joe Condon ($3,000 + N/A = $3,000) def. Jonathan Nunez ($4,000)
Krasimir Mladenov ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Brendan Kornberger ($2,000)
Bryson Hansen ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Rudy Morales ($3,000)
Danny Davis Jr. ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Adam Cella ($1,200)
Preliminary Card (Online)
Jordan Rinaldi ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Soslan Abanokov ($1,000)
Donavon Frelow ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Taylor McCorriston ($1,000)
Trey Williams ($750 + $750 = $1,500) def. Jamie Point ($750)