Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire received a double-champ’s pay for his work at Bellator 228.
Freire took home a flat $ 200,000 opposite Juan Archuleta, who earned $ 75,000 in a lopsided loss to the featherweight and lightweight champ.
Freire was the top earner on the fight card at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., according to salaries released to MMAFighting by the California State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event.
All but three fighters on the DAZN-streamed main card fought for a flat show fee: Henry Corrales, Daniel Weichel and Saul Rogers. Of those, Weichel was the only fighter to cash in his win bonus.
On paper, headliners Gegard Mousasi and Lyoto Machida were the second-highest earners, taking home an identical payday for their rematch five years in the making.
A complete list of the Bellator 228 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, discretionary bonuses, and pay-per-view income are not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (DAZN)
Gegard Mousasi ($ 150,000 + no win bonus = $ 150,000) def. Lyoto Machida ($ 150,000)
Patricio Freire ($ 200,000 + no win bonus = $ 200,000) def. Juan Archuleta ($ 75,000)
A.J. McKee ($ 50,000 + no win bonus = $ 50,000) def. Georgi Karakhanyan ($ 30,000)
Darrion Caldwell ($ 125,000 + no win bonus = $ 50,000) def. Henry Corrales ($ 30,000)
Daniel Weichel ($ 40,000 + $ 40,000 win bonus = $ 80,000) def. Saul Rogers ($ 20,000)
Preliminary Card (MMAFighting.com)
A.J. Agazarm ($ 14,000 + $ 14,000 win bonus = $ 28,000) def. Jonathan Quiroz ($ 2,000)
Ava Knight ($ 10,000 + $ 10,000 win bonus = $ 20,000) def. Shannon Goughary ($ 3,000)
Antonio McKee ($ 25,000 + no win bonus = $ 25,000) def. William Sriyapai ($ 5,000)
Johnny Cisneros ($ 4,000 + $ 4,000 win bonus = $ 8,000) def. Mike Jasper ($ 10,000)
Leandro Higo ($ 14,000 + $ 14,000 win bonus = $ 28,000) def. Shawn Bunch ($ 13,000)
Weber Almeida ($ 6,000 + $ 6,000 win bonus = $ 12,000) def. Castle Williams ($ 2,000)
James Barnes ($ 2,250 + $ 2,250 win bonus = $ 4,500) def. David Duran ($ 2,250)
Joshua Jones ($ 2,000 + $ 2,000 win bonus = $ 4,000) def. Dominic Clark ($ 2,000)
Adrian Najera ($ 1,200 + $ 1,200 win bonus = $ 80,000) def. Jason Edwards ($ 1,200)
Benji Gomez ($ 1,500 + $ 1,500 win bonus = $ 3,000) def. Jonathan Santa Maria ($ 2,000)
Ozzy Diaz ($ 1,500 + $ 1,500 win bonus = $ 3,000) def. Andre Walker ($ 1,500)
Ian Butler ($ 1,500 + $ 1,500 win bonus = $ 3,000) def. Emilio Williams ($ 1,200)
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