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The Bottom Line. Bellator 172 Thomson vs. Freire fighter payouts

Bellator 172 lost their main event, but those on the card did their best. Here’s what they made as a result of their hard work.

Bellator 172 will always go down in history as the event that lost its main event just hours before it was set to take place.  An unfortunate medical condition took down Fedor’s return to fighting on US soil when Matt Mitrione was forced to the hospital with a kidney stone.  That said, the show must go on, and the promotion elevated their co-main event and it was a fun night of action.

Bellator still drew in excess of 800,000 viewers, despite losing their main event. By comparison, the UFC drew slightly more than 900,000 viewers the following night for their event.  Not bad for Bellator for losing their MEGA main event.

Now that the event is in the past, we can take a look at what the main card fighters earned for their hard work. Note this is disclosed pay and does not necessarily represent what the fighters took in.   In the main event, Patricky Freire took home 80,000 for his victory over Josh Thomson who made a disclosed 10,000.  That number seems especially low for Thomson, who might be working under a different promotional kind of deal.

Cheick Kongo pocketed a cool 75,000 for his dominant victory over Oli Thomspon who took home 25,000 in defeat.  The victory might set Cheick Kongo up for a shot at the vacant Bellator heavyweight championship.

Anatoly Tokov was elevated to the main card when the main event fell apart, and he took home 20,000 for his second round TKO victory over Francisco France who pocketed 12,000 for his efforts in a losing battle.

Veta Arteaga made 12,000 in her fight with the debuting Brooke Mayo who made 8,000.  The fight is still viewed somewhat controversially because it was stopped in the final round due to swelling around the eye of Mayo.  Many people are contending that if Mayo were a man, the fight would not have been stopped.

Finally, in his surprising upset victory, Mauricio Alonso made 20,000 dollars for defeating Josh Koscheck in the first round of their fight.  For his part in the fight, Josh Koscheck made 75,000 for his Bellator debut.

The Payouts for Bellator 172

Patricky Freire ($40,000 + $40,000 = $80,000) def. Josh Thomson ($10,000)
Cheick Kongo ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Oli Thompson ($25,000)
Anatoly Tokov ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Francisco France ($12,000)
Veta Arteaga ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Brooke Mayo ($8,000)
Mauricio Alonso ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($75,000)

Prelims

James Terry ($6,000) def. J.C. Llamas ($2,500)
Nikko Jackson ($2,000) def. Cesar Gonzalez ($1,000)
Juan Cardenas ($2,000) def. Luis Vargas ($1,000)
Bobby Escalanate ($2,000) def. Anthony Do ($1,500)
Jeremy Murphy ($2,400) def. Matt Ramirez ($1,800)
J.J. Okanaovich ($3,000) def. Zach Andrews ($1,500)
Justin Tenedora ($2,000) def. Roque Reyes ($1,000)
Martin Sano ($2,000) vs. Diego Herzog ($2,500) – majority draw
Gaston Bolanos ($4,000) def. Abner Perez ($1,000)
Abraham Vaesau ($2,000) def. Dominic Sumner ($1,000)

  • Ras BB

    Those payouts are embarrassing. These peoples are fools for doing that for that amount of money. the $75k-plus payouts are the only respectable ones. The athletes in the main card should make a minimum of $20k each plus bonuses. Those in the main event should make a guaranteed $100k and co-main $50k. The broadcast generates enough revenue to cover those type of payouts. There is no way that most of those athletes can live off of that income. These athletes are basically hobbyist presented as professional athletes. For me to be considered a professional athlete you should be able to make more money that a high school drop out busting tables at the local cuban restaurant. Fighters have to organized, unionize, and do whatever they can to change that. It really makes me question my fandom.