Tito Ortiz was No. 1 on the Bellator payroll. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar were the main attractions of Bellator 131, and they also went home with the largest paychecks.
The California State Athletic Commission on Saturday disclosed the card’s payroll information to Sherdog.com following the event at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
Ortiz bested “The American Psycho” on the judges’ scorecards via split decision, earning $300,000 in the process. On the opposite end, Bonnar took home a salary of $100,000 in “show” money, missing out on his potential $100,000 win bonus in the process.
Other high earners on the card included lightweight co-headliners Will Brooks ($62,000) and Michael Chandler ($25,000), as well as Joe Schilling ($25,000).
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.
Bellator 131 Salaries
Tito Ortiz $300,000
Stephan Bonnar $100,000
Will Brooks $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
Michael Chandler $25,000
Melvin Manhoef $10,000
Joe Schilling $25,000
Mike Richman $30,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Nam Phan $5,600
Muhammed Lawal $10,000
Joe Vedepo $10,000
Joao Faria $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
Ian Butler $1,500
A.J. Matthews $10,000 (Includes $5,000 win bonus)
Kyle Bolt $2,000
Jonathan Santa Maria $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Ronald Henderson $2,000
Andy Murad $8,000 (Includes $4,000 win bonus)
Bubba Pugh $2,000
Nicolas Garcia $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Matthew Ramirez $2,000
Jordan Bailey $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
Alex Higley $1,500
Rolando Perez $2,000
Mark Vorgeas $2,000