Bellator 136 Salaries: Lightweight Champ Will Brooks Earns $72K for Title Defense

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 13, 2015
Will Brooks was the top earner at Bellator 136. | Dave Mandel/

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 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


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