Tito Ortiz has long been one of MMA's top earners and that's how he went out.
According to numbers released by the California State Athletic Commission, Ortiz raked in a flat $300,000 for his first-round rear-naked choke of Chael Sonnen in the main event of Jan. 21's Bellator 170 card -- and his retirement bout -- at The Forum in Inglewood. It's the same reported figure that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” pulled down for his last two Bellator MMA contests against Liam McGeary and Stephan Bonnar.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight ace's $300,000 purse comprises over 39 percent of Bellator 170's disclosed $766,125 payroll, spread over 18 bouts.
Sonnen earned $50,000 in defeat, as did welterweights Paul Daley and Brennan Ward. Other notable earners include Emmanuel Sanchez who earned $40,000 for his win over Georgi Karakhanyan, and Derek Campos, whose decision over Derek Anderson, earned $34,200 with a $15,000 win a bonus.
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 170 “Ortiz vs. Sonnen” Salaries
Tito Ortiz: $300,000 (no win bonus)
Chael Sonnen: $50,000
Paul Daley: $50,000 (no win bonus)
Brennan Ward: $50,000
Hisaki Kato: $30,000 (no win bonus)
Ralek Gracie: $33,000
Emmanuel Sanchez: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
Georgi Karakhanyan: $24,000
Derek Campos: $34,200 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Derek Anderson: $7,800
Jacob Rosales: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Ian Butler: $1,500
Mike Segura: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Tommy Aaron: $2,000
James Barnes: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Rob Gooch: $2,000
Curtis Millender: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Johnny Cisneros: $2,000
Colleen Schneider: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Chrissie Daniels: $4,500
Henry Corrales: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Cody Bollinger: $2,500
Guilherme Vasconcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
John Mercurio: $2,000
Kevin Casey: $10,000
Keith Berry: $3,000
Alex Soto: $5,400 (includes $3,000 win bonus)*
DeMarcus Brown: $2,300
Chinzo Machida: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jamar Ocampo: $1500
Jalin Turner: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Gabriel Green: $2,000
Jack May: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Dave Cryer: $2,000
Daniel Rodriguez: $3,075 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Christian Gonzalez: $1,350*
* Fighter fined 20 percent of their purse for missing weight.