Top UFC Star Suspicious of Disclosed Payouts for MMA Legend Fedor Emelianenko’s Retirement Fight

Published 02/06/2023, 4:45 AM EST

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Gilbert Burns, currently ranked as the #5 contender in the UFC welterweight division, has added fuel to the fire in the recent controversy surrounding the Bellator MMA 290 purse reveal. The Brazilian fighter is in top form, coming off an impressive win against Neil Magny at UFC 283. Moreover, his focus is now on his upcoming bout against Jorge Masvidal. Despite the pressure of a big fight, Burns is not slowing down, and is determined to work hard and earn his shot at the title.

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Reports claim that the payouts for all 28 fighters in the Bellator 290 event became public, but some fighters dispute this information as inaccurate. Rumors and speculation swirl in the fight community, causing many to question the legitimacy of the reports.

The truth remains unclear as to whether the reports are accurate or not. It’s possible that some crucial information remains undisclosed. Regardless, this controversy generates a lot of buzz and has people talking. The fight community eagerly awaits the resolution to the mystery.

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The Bellator MMA 290 Purse Controversy: Is the Report Accurate or Not?

California releases a report disclosing the purses for the Bellator MMA 290 event, but journalists and fighters challenge its accuracy. The fight community remains confused, with many seeking clarification.

Gilbert Burns joins the debate by tweeting, “You know that’s not real right?” His tweet ignites even more discussion among fight fans.

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The report lists the fighter payouts from Saturday’s event, but only reveals the base amount and ignores additional bonuses like contract bonuses and sponsor payments. This raises questions about the report’s accuracy and fuels the ongoing controversy.

Bellator commentator Josh Thomson also disputes accuracy of Bellator 290 purse report

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Gilbert Burns isn’t the only one speaking out about the controversial purse report for Bellator MMA 290. Josh Thomson, a Bellator commentator, adds his own opinion to the mix, ridiculing the report and calling it into question.

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In a statement, Thomson wrote, “People, this is not anywhere near what they make. I’ve done this several times in several promotions, the allows you to see what you make by disclosing a portion of their purse to the commission that later is public record. I was making close to 7 figures but only disclosed 10K-15K to commission. These numbers aren’t anywhere near what they made and the media knows this.

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With the promotion’s own commentator disagreeing with the report, it puts the entire report under serious scrutiny and casts even more doubt over its accuracy. If the numbers aren’t even close to what the fighters made, then what is the real truth behind the reported purses? This only adds fuel to the ongoing controversy and fight fans will be eagerly watching for further developments.

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Himakshu Vyas

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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.
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