Bellator 183 Payouts: Pitbull Only Fighter in Six Figures

In his first fight as a pro, Aaron Pico earned a good payday this past weekend at Bellator 183. The highly touted featherweight prospect scored a $50,000 for his first-round victory over Justin Linn at Bellator 183, per the numbers disclosed Tuesday by the California State Athletic Commission to MMA Fighting.

Pico scored the first win of his professional mixed martial arts career on Saturday when he knocked out Lin with a starmaking shot on the main card of Bellator 183. Pico, who first inked a developmental deal with Bellator in 2014, earned $25,000 to show and $25,000 to win for the performance, while Linn earned just $4,000.

Overall, the card’s top earner was Bellator lightweight Patricky Freire, who cashed a $110,000 purse for his split decision win over former UFC champion Benson Henderson ($50,000) in the night’s main event.

Former UFC competitors Lorenz Larkin walked away with $40,000 and Roy Nelson with $60,000 walked away with co-main event winner Paul Daley coming  away with $50,000. These figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as sponsorship incomes, certain contractual clauses, and discretionary earnings are not publicly disclosed.

A complete list of the Bellator 183 salaries can be seen below.

Main Card (Spike)
Patricky Freire ($65,000 + $45,000 = $110,000) def. Benson Henderson ($50,000)
Paul Daley ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Lorenz Larkin ($40,000)
Roy Nelson ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Javy Ayala ($50,000)
Aaron Pico ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Justin Linn ($4,000)
Goiti Yamauchi ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Adam Piccolotti ($18,000)

Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting)
Tony Johnson ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Ortega ($1,500)
Kaytlin Neil ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Brooke Mayo ($3,000)
Brandon Laroco ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Gaston Bolanos ($4,000)
Corina Herrera ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) vs. Jaymee Nievara ($1,500)
Fernando Gonzalez ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Alex Lopez ($2,500)
Ricardo Vasquez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Justin Tenedora ($1,500)
J.J. Okanovich ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Luis Jauregui ($1,500)
Daniel Gonzalez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Anthony Castrejon ($1,000)

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