Bellator 133 Salaries: Shlemenko Banks $20K in Victory, Manhoef $15K in Defeat

By C.J. Tuttle Feb 14, 2015
Alexander Shlemenko and Melvin Manhoef were not Bellator 133’s top earners. | Jeff Sherwood/

Alexander Shlemenko and Melvin Manhoef were the main attractions of Bellator 133, but they didn’t walk away from the event with the largest paychecks.

The California State Athletic Commission disclosed the card’s payroll information to after Friday’s event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Former Bellator MMA middleweight champion “Storm” Shlemenko pocketed $20,000 for his second-round knockout over Manhoef, who took home $15,000 in defeat.

Other notable potential salaries on the card included Daniel Weichel, who garnered $32,000 for his split decision triumph against Pat Curran ($20,000) in the evening's co-main event. Additionally, Julia Budd earned $24,000 for her unanimous decision victory over Gabrielle Holloway ($6,000).

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 133 Salaries:

Alexander Shlemenko: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Melvin Manhoef: $15,000

Daniel Weichel: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Pat Curran: $20,000

Julia Budd: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Gabrielle Holloway: $6,000

Chris Honeycutt: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Clayton MacFarlane: $6,000

Emilio Chavez: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Art Arciniega: $2,000

Blake Watkins: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
George Zuniga: $2,500

Paul Ruiz: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Nick Sperling: $1,000

Mason Fowler: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Marko Damiani: $1,000

Adam Piccolotti: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Andrew Ramm: $1,500

Jonathan Contrestano: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Ryan Tobar: $1,000

Nick Bustamante: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Luis Jauregui: $1,000

Cody Sons: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
John Paul Elias: $1,000

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