Light heavyweight veteran Phil Davis was the top earner at this past Saturday's Bellator 154 event, securing a $60,000 payday for his main event victory over Muhammed Lawal. The California State Athletic Commission released the event's figures this week to MMA Fighting.
Davis, a former UFC top contender, edged Lawal in a closely contested fight to pick up a unanimous decision win and earn the next light heavyweight title shot against Bellator champion Liam McGeary. Lawal took home $30,000 in the losing effort.
Bellator 154 took place May 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. The main card aired live on Spike TV.
Co-main event winner Saad Awad and victorious prospect Adam Piccolotti were the next two highest earners on the card. Awad pocketed $24,000 for his first-round stoppage of Evangelista Santos ($17,000), while Piccolotti took home $20,000 for his first-round finish of Ray Wood ($6,000).
A complete list of the Bellator 154 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as sponsorship incomes and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (Spike TV)
Phil Davis ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Muhammed Lawal ($30,000)
Saad Awad ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Evangelista Santos ($17,000)
Josh San Diego ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Jeremiah Labiano ($2,500)
Adam Piccolotti ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Ray Wood ($6,000)
Andre Fialho ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Rick Reger ($4,000)
Preliminary Card (Online)
Mark Dickman ($9,000 + $9,000 = $18,000) def. Thomas Diagne ($3,000)
Jamielene Nievara ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Stephanie Frausto ($1,500)
Joshua Hardwick ($2,500 + $2,500 = $5,000) def. Jorge Acosta ($2,500)
Sam Spengler ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Doyle Childs ($1,000)
Josh Paiva ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Steve Gruber ($1,000)
Danasabe Mohammed ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Martin Sano ($2,000)
Anthony Taylor ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Victor Jones ($1,000)
James Chapman ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Sean Tucker ($1,000)