Will Brooks was the top earner at Bellator 136. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Lightweight champion Will Brooks took home an event-high $72,000 for his successful title defense against Dave Jansen ($12,000) at Bellator 136.
The California State Athletic Commission released salary figures from the event to Sherdog.com on Monday. After a slow start in the first round, Brooks outworked Jansen to capture a unanimous nod in the evening’s headliner, which took place at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., last Friday.
Other top earners from Bellator 136 include kickboxing star Joe Schilling ($27,000), who dropped a split verdict against Rafael Carvalho ($8,000) in the middleweight co-main event and Marcin Held ($26,000), who submitted Alexander Sarnavskiy ($11,000) via kneebar 1:11 into round three of their featured lightweight encounter.
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 136 Salaries:
Will Brooks: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
Dave Jansen: $12,000
Rafael Carvalho: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Joe Schilling: $27,000
Marcin Held: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Alexander Sarnavskiy: $11,000
Tony Johnson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Alexander Volkov: $10,000
Joey Beltran: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Brian Rogers: $10,000
Saad Awad: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Rob Sinclair: $8,000
John Teixeira da Conceicao: $8,000 (Includes $4,000 win bonus)
Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva: $8,000
A.J. McKee : $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Marcos Bonilla: $1,000
Chad George: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Mark Vorgeas: $2,000
Justin Governale: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jay Bogan: $1,500
Steve Ramirez: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jonathan Santa Maria: $2,500
Luc Bondole: $1,500
Chris Herrera: $1,500
Cleber Luciano: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Aaron Miller: $2,000