|Top earner Cheick Kongo (pic via Twitter)|
These salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event. Fighters pay out of pocket for training, licensing fees, taxes and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so the money they have earned also serves as compensation for the work they have already completed in the gym
Despite losing to Bellator Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov in the main event title fight, the more high-profile former UFC fighter Cheick Kongo was the top earner of the night with his $50,000 payout.