Another day, another story about how the UFC pay scale doesn’t compare to other fight promotions.
Over the weekend we saw Ben Askren pocketing $ 500,000 in the revealed purse (and $ 1 million in total on his own) for his 2 minutes of boxing against YouTuber Jake Paul. That’s more than the former Bellator and ONE champion has ever accomplished in a single fight. In fact, Askren says it’s more than he accomplished in his entire nine-fight Bellator series.
That may put Bellator a bit awkward, but things seem to have changed since the 2010 Bellator tournament era featured “Funky.” Because now we have former UFC fighter Corey Anderson claiming that he won the most with Bellator in two fights he did in seven years with the UFC.
“UFC gave me the race … Bellator gave me life!” Anderson wrote on Twitter. “In two fights / six months with Bellator, I did double what I did in fifteen fights (11 wins 2 bonuses) 7 years with the UFC. Now I live and enjoy life to the fullest with my family every day! Let it marinate … “
UFC gave me the race … Bellator gave me life!
In 2 fights 6 months with Bellator, I did double what I did in 15 fights (11 wins 2 bonuses) 7 years with the UFC. Now I live and enjoy life to the fullest with my family every day!
Let it marinate …#blessed #to worth
– Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) April 20, 2021
Unfortunately, it’s a bit tricky to figure out exactly how much Anderson makes for an apples-to-apples comparison. Some numbers we do know: Anderson’s revealed purse for his sixth fight at UFC 196 in 2016 was $ 20,000 to show and $ 20,000 to win. Seven fights later at UFC 232 in 2018, he had as much as $ 65,000 to show, $ 65,000 to win. That was her last purse revealed with the UFC.
There’s a good chance “Overtime” includes endorsement money that you can earn at Bellator by selling space in your fight shorts. And hey, why not? A dollar is a dollar however you make it, and we’re happy to hear that Anderson is thriving at Bellator (where he just advanced to the semifinals of the Bellator light heavyweight tournament).
Corey used to be known as “Beastin ’25 / 8” and now it’s “Overtime,” but who needs to work overtime when you’re cashing these kinds of checks?