It’s a rare week where Bellator has stolen a bit of the spotlight from the UFC in terms of event star power. The Showtime based promotion was out in San Jose, CA, this past Friday, April 15th, with a pair of title fights. In the main event, lost his featherweight title to multiple-time former champion Patricio Pitbull, in a rematch of their 2022 contest. While Corey Anderson ended up with a no contest against Vadim Nemkov in what was supposed to be the final leg of the promotion’s light heavyweight Grand Prix.
That Anderson/Nemkov result has to sting especially badly for both men involved, not just for the lack of a win, but the Grand Prix finalist was set to recieve a $1 million bonus for their efforts. Instead, Anderson walked away with $250,000 for the fight, with Vadim Nemkov getting just $80,000 in show money.
AJ McKee and Patricio Freire also topped the reported payouts for the event, grabbing $250,000 each for their efforts in the main event. That’s all according to data released by the California State Athletic Commission.
Check out the full Bellator 277 fighter pay below*:
PATRICIO FREIRE - $250,000 (no win bonus)
AJ MCKEE - $250,000
COREY ANDERSON - $250,000
VADIM NEMKOV - $80,000
AARON PICO - $75,000 (no win bonus)
ADLI EDWARDS - $50,000
LINTON VASSELL - $138,000 ($69,000/$69,000 show & win)
TIM JOHNSON - $75,000
TYSON MILLER - $4,000 ($2,000/$2000 show & win)
RHALEN GRACIE - $5,000
TYRELL FORTUNE - $75,000 (no win bonus)
RAKIM CLEVELAND - $30,000
DOVLETDZHAN YAGSHIMURADOV - $70,000 ($35,000/$35,000 show & win)
RAFAEL CARVALHO - $30,000
ROBERT SERONIO III - $4,000 ($2,000/$2000 show & win)
CALOB RAMIREZ - $2,000
GASTON BOLANOS - $25,000 (no win bonus)
DANIEL CAREY - $12,000
KYLE CRUTCHMER - $50,000 ($25,000/$25,000 show & win)
MICHAEL LOMBARDO - $20,000
EDWIN DE LOS SANTOS - $4,000 ($2,000/$2000 show & win)
ALBERTO MENDEZ - $2,000
ROGELIO LUNA - $4,000 ($2,000/$2000 show & win)
SOCRATES HERNANDEZ - $2,000
LAIRD ANDERSON - $4,000 ($2,000/$2000 show & win)
JT DONALDSON - $2,000
THEO HAIG - $4,000 ($2,000/$2000 show & win)
ALAN BENSON - $2,000
*This information does not include any other undisclosed performance bonuses, locker room bonuses, or sponsor payouts. Nor does it include possible management fees, coaching & training fees, or possible fines levied by the CSAC. This data is purely representative of the contracted fight purses between Bellator and their athletes, as reported to the athletic commission.