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Bellator Dynamite 1 salaries: Tito Ortiz cashes $300,000 in defeat

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It still pays to be Tito Ortiz. Despite falling short in his bid for the Bellator light heavyweight title, Ortiz handily led the Bellator: Dynamite 1 salary report, pocketing $300,000 for his main event loss to Liam McGeary on Spike TV.

The California State Athletic Commission released the event's figures on Wednesday.

McGeary, who submitted Ortiz with a first-round inverted triangle to defend his 205-pound belt, took home $50,000 in the winning effort.

Bellator: Dynamite 1 took place Sept. 19 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

The event featured the debut of two new high-profile Bellator additions: ex-Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson ($10,000), who submitted Mike Bronzoulis ($10,000), and ex-UFC contender Phil Davis ($130,000), who dispatched Emanuel Newton ($70,000) and Francis Carmont ($17,000) to win Bellator's one-night tournament.

As a result of the CSAC's rules regarding tournaments, and the state's five-round limit for fighters competing in one night, both Davis and Carmont received only one official purse for their two fights of work, although discretionary bonuses and performance incentives are not publicly disclosed on state commission reports.

A complete breakdown of the MMA portion of the Bellator: Dynamite 1 salary figures can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as sponsorship money and additional contracted income are not publicly disclosed.

Main card (Spike TV)
Liam McGeary ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Tito Ortiz ($300,000)
Phil Davis: ($65,000 + $65,000 = $130,000) def. Francis Carmont ($17,000)
Josh Thomson ($10,000 + no win bonus = $10,000) def. Mike Bronzoulis ($10,000)
Phil Davis (tournament finalist) def. Emanuel Newton ($70,000)
Muhammed Lawal ($15,000 + no win bonus = $15,000) def. Linton Vassell ($30,000)

Preliminary card (MMA Fighting)
Gabriel Carrasco ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Joe Neal ($2,000)
Adam Piccolotti ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Salvador Becerra ($1,750)
Thomas Diagne ($3,000) vs. Mike Malott ($2,000) ruled a draw
Francis Carmont (tournament finalist) def. Anthony Ruiz ($5,000)