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Strikeforce ‘Melendez vs. Masvidal’ Fighter Salaries

MoneyThe CSAC has released the fighter payouts for Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Masvidal”. 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.

Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi led the pack with flat $150,000 paydays. Strikeforce women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg was next in line with a $66,000 payday with her win bonus. It was a significant bump from the $35,000 she pocketed for beating Jan Finney at Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Werdum.” KJ Noons was right behind her with $65,000 in total earnings.

The total disclosed payroll came to $580,000, however the $154,000 live gate was barely enough to cover Gilbert Melendez’s purse, let alone the rest of the payroll.


Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
    Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
  • Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $66,000 ($33k + $33k win bonus)
    Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
  • Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus)
    Ovince St. Preux: $17,000
  • K.J. Noons: $65,000 ($35k + $30k)
    Billy Evangelista: $20,000
  • Caros Fodor: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
    Justin Wilcox: $12,000
  • Roger Bowling: $14,200 ($7k + $7k + $200 Peoples weight fine)
    Jerron Peoples: $1,600 ($2k – $200 fine to Bowling – $200 fine to CSAC)
  • Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
    Gabriel Salinas-Jones: $3,000
  • Eddie Mendez: $6,000 ($3k + $3k)
    Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
  • Herman Terrado: $6,000 ($3k + $3k)
    Chris Brown: $3,000

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $580,000 was paid out to the fighters.

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