Main event fighters draw hefty purses for Saturday’s Top Rank event on ESPN

May 7, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the Payoff Sheet from the California State Athletic Commission from Saturday night’s event at the Stockton Arena promoted by Top Rank Boxing.

The event featured Artur Beterbiev as he defeated Radivoje Kalajdzic. Beterbiev earned $850,000 while Kalajdzic made $200,000.  After $314,500 miscellaneous fee and a $25,500 sanction that was not explained, Beterbiev netted $509,400.  Similarly, Kalajdzic received a sanction of $6,000 and an advance of $5,000 and another $500 for gloves.  After these and other miscellaneous deductions, he netted $181,000.

The rest of the payouts are as follows:

Jersin Ancajas:  $90,000

Ryuchi Funai:  $20,000

Gabriel Flores, Jr.:  $7,500

Eduardo Pereira dos Reis:   $6,000

Jesus Algandar Godlinez:  $2,000

Marco Antonio Arroyo:  $1,500

Vincent Jennings:  $6,000

Vislan Dalkhaev:  $6,000

Carlos Rodriguez:  $8,000

Brian Mendoza:  $10,000

Mario Aguilar:  $2,000

Felix Valera:  $30,000

Osbaldo Camacho Gonzales:  $4,000

Quillisto Madera:  $3,000

Joey Montoya: $5,500

Blake McKernan:  $800

The $850,000 purse for the IBF light heavyweight titleholder gives pause to many casual fans considering his fight was the second lowest-rated Top Rank on ESPN event this year. Obviously, opposite Canelo-Jacobs, this televised event was going to be a tough sell. Still, the main eventers received top payouts which rival most top-tier UFC fighters but past the semi-main event, the salaries resemble more of a UFC card.  It is interesting to look at the differing ways MMA and Boxing pay their respective independent contractors.

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