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Cheick Kongo High Earner at Bellator 115 with $50K, Two Fighters Make $1K

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
April 8th, 2014
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all the fighters who competed in Friday’s “Bellator 115: Minakov vs. Kongo” event.

Cheick Kongo (pictured) should be all smiles. Despite losing to heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov in the show’s featured attraction, Kongo was the night’s highest earner with $50,000.

Minakov made $35,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus.

No word if Kongo would have been awarded a win bonus had he dethroned Minakov or if the former UFC star is straight salary.

On the flipside, Oscar Ramirez and Jason Powell each pocketed only $1,000 in their losses.

Ramirez and Powell shouldn’t feel too badly. Sean Cantor made just $500 in last month’s loss to Bryson Hansen at WSOF 9.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada hosted the festivities.

Here are the official salaries for Bellator 115 (Courtesy of MMAJunkie.com):

(Total disclosed payroll: $154,000)

Preliminary Card:

Benito Lopez: $3,000 ($1,500 to show, $1,500 to win)
Defeated Oscar Ramirez: $1,000

Sinjen Smith: $2,000 ($1,000 to show, $1,000 to win)
Defeated Jason Powell: $1,000

Freddie Aquitania: $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Defeated Josh Appelt: $6,000

Rick Reeves: $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)
Defeated James Terry: $3,000

Main Card:

Rudy Morales: $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Defeated Jimmy Jones: $3,000

Mikkel Parlo: $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Defeated Johnny Cisneros: $2,000

Kelly Anundson: $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Defeated Volkan Oezdemir: $4,000

Justin Baesman: $3,000
Majority Draw vs. Herman Terrado: $3,000

Vitaly Minakov: $35,000 ($17,500 to show, $17,500 to win)
Defeated Cheick Kongo: $50,000

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