Bellator’s big main-card introduction to DAZN is in the books. The longtime Paramount Network (née Spike) promotion pulled out all the stops for their arrival on a new platform, putting a bevy of their highest profile stars, notable veterans, and one of their brightest prospects all on one show.
But, a line-up like that comes with a price tag.
‘Rampage’ Jackson and Wanderlei Silva were the top earners, with $300,000 & $200,000 respectively, for their co-main event tussle. While Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald topped the rest of the billing at $150,000 each for their main event fight. Way down at the low end, Ysidro Gutierrez earned just $2,000 for his main card opening bout against Gaston Bolanos.
Here’s a complete rundown of the main card earnings* (h/t MMAjunkie):
Gegard Mousasi - $150,000
Rory MacDonald - $150,000
Rampage Jackson - $300,000
Wanderlei Silva - $200,000
Douglas Lima - $150,000
Andrey Koreshkov - $55,000
Aaron Pico - $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Leandro Higo - $14,000
Keri Melendez - $25,000
Dakota Zimmerman - $4,000
Gaston Bolanos - $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Ysidro Gutierrez - $2,000
That’s a healthy bump from the last show Bellator put on in California (where the CSAC releases fighter pay numbers to the public). Bellator 201, headlined by Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Alejandra Lara, saw Macfarlane as the event’s high earner with a take-home of just $50,000. Even Bellator 199 only reached $150,000 (taken home by Ryan Bader, King Mo, and Cheick Kongo).
And while it’s still not in line with the highest UFC numbers, it is (for the most part) not so far off a card like UFC 227 – where Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw were the biggest earners with $380,000 and $350,000 respectively.
*These figures do not include taxes, fees, manager/coaching shares, sponsorship payments, or other possible undisclosed earnings or deductions. These are merely the raw ‘guaranteed’ figures as reported to the California State Athletic Commission.