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Strikeforce ‘Diaz vs. Cyborg’ Fighter Salaries

MoneyThe CSAC has released the fighter payouts for Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Cyborg.” Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional bonuses or sponsorship money, which in many cases exceeds a fighter’s base pay. These numbers also do not account for taxes, insurance, and license fees.

Nick Diaz shouldn’t have any trouble getting his Honda fixed now, because he made bank in San Jose on Saturday night. He earned a flat $150,000 for his successful welterweight title defense against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Middleweight champ Jacare Souza made a little more than half of that for his win over Robbie Lawler. Roger Gracie, despite his relative lack of MMA experience, made a whopping $75,000 for choking out Trevor Prangley. Being a Gracie clearly has its benefits. Robbie Lawler was right behind him with a $65,000 payday.

Most notably however was Herschel Walker’s purse. Although it was a significant increase over the $600 purse reported to the Florida commission at Strikeforce “Miami,” Walker only received $5,000 in disclosed pay for his win over Scott Carson. Given Walker’s high-profile though, it’s very likely that Strikeforce is compensating him in ways that aren’t disclosed with the commission.


Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Nick Diaz: $150,000
    Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: $20,000
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: $85,000 ($70k + $15k win bonus)
    Robbie Lawler : $65,000
  • Herschel Walker: $5,000
    Scott Carson: $5,000
  • Roger Gracie: $75,000
    Trevor Prangley: $30,000
  • Nate Moore: $4,000 ($2k + $2k)
    Nathan Coy: $3,000
  • Isaiah Hill: $3,000 ($1.5k + $1.5k)
    Bobby Stack: $1,500
  • Ron Keslar: $3,000 ($1.5k + $1.5k)
    Eric Lawson: $1,500
  • Germaine de Randamie: $3,000 ($2k + $1k)
    Stephanie Webber: $1,000
  • James Terry: $3,000 ($1.5k + $1.5k)
    Lucas Gamaza: $1,500
  • Jenna Castillo: $3,000 ($1.5k + $1.5k)
    Charlene Gellner: $1,000

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $463,500 was paid out to the fighters.

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