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Bellator 263 salaries: Patricio Pitbull ($250k) and A.J. McKee ($150k) vie for $1 million win bonus

Open workout at The Forum for the Bellator 263 $1 million featherweight title fight between AJ McKee and champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire Photo by Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images

Patricio Pitbull and A.J. McKee are set to be the top earners at Bellator 263 on Saturday night. The winner of their Bellator featherweight grand prix bout also stands to take home a heck of a win bonus.

Freire will take home a base salary of $250,000 to defend his featherweight belt against A.J. McKee, who will earn $150,000. The win bonus for the fight, as disclosed by the California State Athletic Commission, is a $1 million payout offered to the winner of the 16-man tournament.

Bellator 263 takes place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The event’s main card airs live on Showtime following prelims on MMA Fighting. Disclosed salaries were released by the CSAC, which serves as the regulator for the event.

Pitbull and McKee successfully weighed in for the title fight on Friday in Los Angeles. McKee was two-tenths of a pound over and needed a second try to make the championship 145 pounds. The two nearly came to blows at the official press conference on Thursday after trash talk got personal.

A complete list of the Bellator 263 contracted salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET)

Patricio Pitbull ($250,000) vs. A.J. McKee ($150,000) - winner receives $1 million win bonus

Emmanuel Sanchez ($61,000 to show, $61,000 to win) vs. Mads Burnell ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)

Usman Nurmagomedov ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win) vs. Manny Muro ($26,000 to show, $0 to win)

Islam Mamedov ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win) vs. Brent Primus ($50,000 to show, $0 to win)

Goiti Yamauchi ($32,000 to show, $32,000 to win) vs. Chris Gonzalez ($31,000 to show, $31,000 to win)

Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting, 7 p.m. ET)

Vanessa Porto ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win) vs. Ilara Joanne ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)

Gadzhi Rabadanov ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win) vs. Daniel Carey ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)

Khasan Magomedsharipov ($25,000 to show, $0 to win) vs. Jonathan Quiroz ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)

Johnny Cisneros ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win) vs. Joshua Jones ($4,000 to show, $4,000 to win)

Kiefer Crosbie ($50,000 to show, $0 to win) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan ($70,000 to show, $0 to win)

Brian Moore ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win) vs. Jordan Winski ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)

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