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Bellator 263 purses: A.J. McKee top earner at $1,150,000 thanks to win over Patricio ‘Pitbull’

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Check out the purses of Bellator 263.

Bellator 263: Pitbull vs. McKee
A.J. McKee is the new Bellator featherweight champion after beating Patricio Freire at Bellator 263.
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

With Bellator 263 taking place in California, we got a glimpse of their fighter purses.

New featherweight champion A.J. McKee was assured of $150,000 in base money, but the goal was to beat Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire and get that lucrative $1 million check for winning the featherweight grand prix. Patricio’s official purse was $250,000 but no win bonus for him after getting choked out inside of two minutes in the main event.

Those were the only two fighters with six-figure purses on the entire card. Emmanuel Sanchez would’ve had $122,000 had he beaten Mads Burnell, but his decision loss limited him to just the $61,000. The highest non-main event earner was Georgi Karakhanyan, who received a $70,000 purse but no contracted win bonus for his finish of Kiefer Crosbie.

Here are the official fight purses courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission. As usual, we must note that this does not include sponsorship income, discretionary bonuses, side letter agreements, etc.

Main Card

A.J. McKee $1,150,000 ($150,000 base, $1 million to win) vs. Patricio Pitbull ($250,000)

Mads Burnell $52,000 ($26,000 base, $26,000 to win) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez $61,000

Usman Nurmagomedov $60,000 ($30,000 base, $30,000 to win) vs. Manny Muro $26,000

Islam Mamedov $20,000 ($10,000 base, $10,000 to win) vs. Brent Primus $50,000

Goiti Yamauchi $64,000 ($32,000 base, $32,000 to win) vs. Chris Gonzalez $31,000

Preliminary Card

Vanessa Porto $30,000 ($15,000 base, $15,000 to win) vs. Ilara Joanne $13,000

Gadzhi Rabadanov $50,000 ($25,000 base, $25,000 to win) vs. Daniel Carey $10,000

Khasan Magomedsharipov $25,000 ($25,000 base, $0 to win) vs. Jonathan Quiroz $10,000

Johnny Cisneros $8,000 ($4,000 base, $4,000 to win) vs. Joshua Jones $4,000

Georgi Karakhanyan $70,000 ($70,000 base, $0 to win) vs. Kiefer Crosbie $50,000

Brian Moore $50,000 ($25,000 base $25,000 to win) vs. Jordan Winski $10,000