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Bellator 115 salaries: Cheick Kongo earns $50,000 in losing effort

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

He may not have seized the Bellator heavyweight strap, but Cheick Kongo still came away the biggest earner at Bellator 115. The former UFC veteran took home $50,000 in a losing effort opposite Bellator heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov, according to figures released to MMAFighting.com by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Minakov, who successfully defended his belt by claiming a unanimous judges' decision in the night's main event, pocketed $35,000 in victory.

The combined salaries of the two headliners accounted for nearly 54-percent of the event's total payroll.

Other than Kongo and Minakov, season nine middleweight tournament finalist Mikkel Parlo was lone fighter to break into five digits, as Parlo earned $14,000 for his dominant unanimous decision win over Johnny Cisneros ($2,000) on the night's televised opener, which aired live on Spike TV.

Bellator 115 took place April 4, 2014 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

A complete list of fighter salaries can be seen below.

Main card (Spike TV)
Vitaly Minakov ($17,500 + $17,500 = $35,000) def. Cheick Kongo ($50,000)
Herman Terrado ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) vs. Justin Baesman ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000)
Kelly Anundson ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Volkan Oezdemir ($4,000)
Mikkel Parlo ($7,000 + $7,000 = $14,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000)

Preliminary Card (Online)
Rudy Morales ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Jimmy Jones ($3,000)
Rick Reeves ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. James Terry ($3,000)
Freddie Aquitania ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Josh Appelt ($6,000)
Sinjen Smith ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Jason Powell ($1,000)
Benito Lopez ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Oscar Ramirez ($1,000)