Yoel Romero’s Bellator MMA debut didn’t go as planned, but the former UFC title challenger was nonetheless the highest-paid fighter on Saturday’s card.
Romero earned a disclosed $150,000 salary for his split-decision loss to Phil Davis in the Bellator 266 headliner at the SAP Center in San Jose. Davis, meanwhile, took home $100,000 for his victory in the light heavyweight bout. The California State Athletic Commission recently released salary figures from the event.
Neiman Gracie was the only other six-figure earner from the card, as he garnered $100,000 for a first-round technical knockout of Mark Lemminger ($40,000) in a featured welterweight affair.
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 266 Salaries:
Phil Davis: $100,000
Yoel Romero: $150,0000
Neiman Gracie: $100,000
Mark Lemminger: $40,000
DeAnna Bennett: $38,600 (includes $17,000 win bonus, $5,400 fine for missing weight)
Alejandra Lara: $27,700 (includes $2,700 for opponent weight miss)
Saul Rogers: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Georgi Karakhanyan: $35,000
Ben Parrish: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Christian Edwards: $30,000
Alex Polizzi: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Grant Neal: $16,000
Anthony Adams: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Khalid Murtazaliev: $33,000
Robert Seronio III: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Socrates Hernandez: $2,000
Abraham Vaesau: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Albert Gonzales: $3,000
Shane Keefe: $3,000 (includes $1,5000 win bonus)
Rhalan Gracie: $5,000
Edwin De Los Santos: $3,000 (includes $1,5000 win bonus)
Jonathan Adams: $1,500
Jesse Delgado: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Joshua Dillon: $2,000