Bellator 199 Salaries: Ryan Bader, ‘King Mo,’ Cheick Kongo All Earn $150K Paychecks

By: Tristen Critchfield
May 16, 2018


Ryan Bader, Muhammed Lawal and Cheick Kongo each pocketed $150,000 for their work at Bellator 199 this past Saturday night.

The California State Athletic Commission released salary figures from the event to MMAFighting.com on Wednesday. Bader knocked out “King Mo” in 15 seconds in the evening’s main event at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix. Bader will square off against Matt Mitrione at a date to be determined.

Meanwhile, Kongo earned six figures for a relatively short night as well, knocked out Javy Ayala ($30,000) 2:29 into the opening stanza of their featured heavyweight tilt. Other notable earners from Bellator 199 include Jon Fitch, who garnered $120,000 for a dominant decision win over British striker Paul Daley ($30,000) at welterweight and prospect Aaron Pico, who took home $70,000 for a first-round stoppage of Lee Morrison ($12,000) at 145 pounds.

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 199 Salaries:

Ryan Bader: $150,000
Muhammed Lawal: $150,000

Jon Fitch: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Paul Daley: $30,000

Aaron Pico: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
Lee Morrison: $12,000

Cheick Kongo: $150,000
Javy Ayala: $30,000

Adam Piccolotti: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Carrington Banks: $14,000

Deron Winn: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Ahmed White: $1,200

Justin Tenedora: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
David Rivera: $1,200

Gaston Bolanos: $5,000
Malcolm Hill: $1,200

James Terry: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Danasabe Mohammed: $1,500

Amber Leibrock: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Janay Harding: $10,000

Jordan Williams: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Brandon Hester: $1,750

Hyder Amil: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Elias Anderson: $1,200

Ignacio Ortiz: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Matt Aragoni: $1,200

Mark Climaco: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Daniel Oseguera: $1,200

J.J. Okanovich: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Hugo Lujan: $1,200

Thomas Oswald: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Dominic Sumner: $1,200

Nohelin Hernandez: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Josh San Diego: $2,000

Josh Paiva: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
Adam Antolin: $2,500

Cass Bell: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
Khai Wu: $1,200

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