Fedor Emelianenko cashed one last six-figure payday in his final MMA fight.
The heavyweight legend earned a $100,000 fight purse for his farewell fight against Ryan Bader in Bellator 286’s main event, which took place Saturday at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and aired live on CBS.
Bader, the Bellator heavyweight champion, defeated Emelianenko via first-round TKO to successfully defend his title. He earned $150,000 in the victorious effort. Both Emelianenko and Bader were paid flat fees, with no win bonus regardless of fight outcome.
The bout marked Emelianenko’s final appearance of his iconic MMA career, which spanned 23 years and saw the Russian champion become one of the most decorated heavyeights in MMA history.
The California State Athletic Commission published the event’s wage report to MMA Fighting following Bellator 290..
The headliners were among five fighters who earned six-figure paydays, joining Bellator middleweight champion Johnny Eblen ($150,000), Sabah Homasi ($100,000), and Chris Gonzalez ($100,000).
A complete list of the Bellator 290 salaries can be seen below.
These figures are not, as always, a complete picture of a fighter’s earnings. Sponsorship incomes, and any other income, are not publicized.
See the official Bellator 290 weigh-in results below.
- Ryan Bader ($150,000 + no win bonus = $150,000) vs. Fedor Emelianenko ($100,000)
- Johnny Eblen ($150,000 + no win bonus = $150,000) def. Anatoly Tokov ($75,000)
- Brennan Ward ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Sabah Homasi ($100,000)
- Lorenz Larkin ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Mukhamed Berkhamov ($33,000)
- Henry Corrales ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Akhmed Magomedov ($28,000)
- Steve Mowry ($70,000) vs. Ali Isaev ($70,000) ruled a draw
- Chris Gonzalez ($50,000 + $50,000 = $100,000) def. Max Rohskopf ($30,000)
- Grant Neal ($33,000 + $33,000 = $66,000) def. Karl Albrektsson ($35,000)
- Diana Avsaragova ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Alejandra Lara ($60,000)
- Nikita Mikhailov ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Darrion Caldwell ($50,000)
- Neiman Gracie ($70,000 + no win bonus = $70,000) vs. Dante Schiro ($20,000)
- Jaylon Bates ($20,000 + no win bonus = $20,000) vs. Jornel Lugo ($35,000)
- Isaiah Hokit ($7,000 + $7,000 = $14,000) vs. Peter Ishiguro ($3,000)
- Ethan Hughes ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) vs. Yusuf Karakaya ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000)*
* Post-lim fights are still ongoing. After completion, the salaries will be up-dated.