Tito Ortiz is well compensated for his services in Bellator MMA. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Tito Ortiz didn’t win light heavyweight gold this past Saturday, but he was nonetheless the highest-paid fighter at Bellator 142 "Dynamite."
Ortiz tapped to a reverse triangle from Liam McGeary 4:42 into the opening stanza of their headlining clash at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” pocketed $300,000 in defeat, significantly more than the reigning champion McGeary, who earned $50,000 with no win bonus. The California State Athletic Commission released salary figures from the event on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, promotional newcomer Phil Davis garnered $130,000 for vanquishing Emanuel Newton ($70,000) and Francis Carmont ($17,000) to win the four-man light heavyweight tournament. “Mr. Wonderful” is expected to receive a title shot against McGeary at a later date.
Also notable was the payday for another new acquisition, Josh Thomson, who took home a disclosed $10,000 -- with no win bonus -- for his arm-triangle choke submission of Mike Bronzoulis ($10,000). Previously, Thomson earned a reported $85,000 in his final Octagon appearance, a unanimous decision setback to Tony Ferguson at UFC Fight Night on July 15.
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 142 Salaries:
Liam McGeary: $50,000
Tito Ortiz: $300,000
Phil Davis: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
Francis Carmont: $17,000
Josh Thomson: $10,000
Mike Bronzoulis: $10,000
Phil Davis: (See above)
Emanuel Newton: $70,000
Muhammed Lawal: $15,000
Linton Vassell: $30,000
Gabriel Carrasco: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Joe Neal: $2,000
Adam Piccolotti: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Salvador Becerra: $1,750
Ousmane Thomas Diagne: $3,000
Mike Malott: $2,000
Francis Carmont: (See above)
Anthony Ruiz: $5,000