The main event fighters – Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier – along with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez all made six figures for their performances this past weekend at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier. MMA Weekly confirmed the numbers with the California State Athletic Commission.
Barnett was the top earner, despite falling to Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. “The Warmaster” made $200,000. Cormier picked up $100,000, which included a $50,000 win bonus.
Melendez, who downed Josh Thomson via decision, made $175,000. For his efforts, Thomson made $90,000.
STRIKEFORCE: BARNETT VS. CORMIER FIGHTER SALARIES
Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $ 50,000 win bonus) def. Josh Barnett: $200,000
Gilbert Melendez: $ 175,000 (no win bonus) def. Josh Thomson: $90,000
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $25,000
Chris Spang: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000
Isaac Vallie–Flagg: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $18,000
Carlos Inocente: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Virgil Zwicker: $3,000
Gian Villante: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Derrick Mehman: $3,000
Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Yuri Villefort: $2,500
Bobby Green: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. James Terry: $9,000
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