Bellator 238 went down on Saturday night in the Inglewood, California at The Forum where the women’s featherweight title was on the line. There, Julia Budd was looking to defend the belt against Cris Cyborg who was making her promotional debut after fighting out her contract in the UFC.
Ultimately, it was Cyborg who got her hand raised as she TKO’d Budd in the fourth round. With the win, she became the first person to win titles in Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC, and Bellator. But, she still made $100k less than Budd in guaranteed money.
What else is surprising is that the headliners where the only two fighters to bank $100k plus. With the likes of Darrion Cadwell only making $25,000, and Sergio Pettis making $30,000.
Although the salaries are revealed, Bellator does allow fighters to put sponsors on their banners and shorts where they make a lot more money. So, for Pettis for example, it is likely he cashed a lot more money but only $30,000 was revealed. Meanwhile, for Cyborg, it was revealed she had an incentive-based contract with finish bonuses and others so she too will cash more.
Here are the Bellator 238 salaries revealed by the commission (via MMA Fighting).
Bellator 238 Main card
Cris Cyborg ($250,000 + no win bonus = $250,000) def. Julia Budd ($350,000)
Darrion Caldwell ($25,000 + no win bonus = $25,000) def. Adam Borics ($28,000)
Juan Archuleta ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Henry Corrales ($38,000)
Sergio Pettis ($30,000 + $30,000 win bonus = $60,000) def. Alfred Khashakyan ($10,000)
Raymond Daniels ($20,000 + no win bonus = $20,000) def. Jason King ($3,000)
Emilee King ($3,000 + $3,000 win bonus = $6,000) def. Ava Knight ($5,000)
Tony Bartovich ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Jarrett Connor ($1,200)
Ricardo Seixas ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Dominic Clark ($2,000)
Joshua Jones ($2,250 + $2,250 = $4,500) def. Brandon Bender ($2,000)
Aaron Pico ($22,500 + $22,500 win bonus = $45,000) def. Daniel Carey ($10,000)
AJ Agazarm ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Adel Altamimi ($14,000)
Jay Jay Wilson ($5,000 + $5,000 win bonus = $10,000) def. Mario Navarro ($2,000)
Curtis Millender ($8,000 + $8,000 win bonus = $16,000) def. Moses Murietta ($4,000)
Anthony Taylor ($3,000 + $3,000 win bonus = $6,000) def. Chris Avila ($3,000)
Miguel Jacob ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus = $3,000) def. David Pacheco ($1,500)
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