Does Bellator Pay More Than the UFC? | Easily Explained

One of the hottest topics in Mixed Martial arts is related to fighter pay, but not every MMA organization pays the same.

Does Bellator pay more than the UFC? In this page, we will explain.

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Does Bellator Pay More Than The UFC?

Bellator pays certain fighters more when they come fight for Bellator, than what they were earning in the UFC. Some former UFC fighters who've made much more money in Bellator include Gegard Mousasi and Corey Anderson. However, overall, for all of the fighters in the prelims to those in the main event, the UFC pays their fighters more.

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Former UFC Fighters Who Went to Bellator

Some of the more notable former UFC fighters who were able to earn more in Bellator than they did in the UFC include Gegard Mousasi and Corey Anderson.

Gegard Mousasi

Although Mousasi had massive success inside of the octagon, racking up over 40 wins, while still maintaining single digit losses, he would still not be paid like it during his UFC tenure.

Mousasi would be critical of the UFC pay structure, wondering why the guys that he beat were earning much more than him

Mousasi would eventually become a free agent and ink a deal with Bellator.

Earnings in UFC

In Mousasi's last UFC fight (UFC 210), Mousasi would win via TKO against Chris Weidman and earn $150,000 total.

  • $90k to Show
  • $50k to Win
  • $10k Reebok Sponsorship

Earnings in Bellator

In his most recent fight in Bellator, Mousasi would TKO Austin Vanderford and earn a flat salary of $500,000.

The most notably aspect of this is that there was no win bonus, it was a flat fee.

Fighters Purses Win Bonus Total Payouts
Gegard Mousasi $500k N/A $500k

Corey Anderson



In Anderson's last UFC fight, he would earn a total of $85,000.

  • $75k to Show
  • $10k Fight Week Incentive

In his most recent Bellator fight at Bellator 277, Anderson would earn $250,000.

Preliminary Fighter Pay in Bellator vs UFC

The most noticeably difference in fighter pays occurs in the lower portion of the card, more specifically the preliminary card.

In Bellator's most recent event (Bellator 275), Lee Hammond and Jamie Hay both had a $2k base salary (to show), and $2k win bonus.

Hammond would win the fight and earn $4k, while Hay would lose the fight and earn $2k.

Lee Hammond $2k $2k $4k
Jamie Hay $2k N/A $2k


On the other hand, for UFC's most recent event (UFC 275), the lowest fighters on the card have a $12k to show, and $12k to win contract.

Liang Na $12k N/A $4k N/A $16k
Silvana Gómez Juárez $12k $12k $4k $50k $78k


Gomez Juarez would win the fight through a devastating knockout, and collect a bonus of the night as well, earning a total of $78,000.

Na would lose the fight but still collect $16,000, eight times more than the Bellator prelim fighter who lost would make.

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