MoneyThe CSAC has released the fighter payouts for Strikeforce “Evolution.” Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional undisclosed 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.

The biggest draw on the card, Cung Le, took home the biggest paycheck in his shocking loss to Scott Smith. He earned a cool $150,000 which should keep him afloat until his next big movie check comes in. Jacare Souza, Scott Smith, Gilbert Melendez and Matt Lindland rounded out the top five taking home $65k, $55k, $55k and $50k, respectively.

The one number that really stuck out like a sore thumb was Daisuke Nakamura’s whopping $200. Either that’s a typo or he’s being compensated in some other fashion. There’s no way he only made $200.

And last but not least, King Mo may have earned himself $20,000 for beating a bloated Mike Whitehead, but he gave 10% of it right back to the CSAC in the form of a fine for splashing his Rockstar Energy drink all over the cage. Kinda lame if you ask me. I’d feel better if the California taxpayers could fine the CSAC every time they screw up or do something stupid. It would add up quick.


Courtesy of MMA Junkie:

  • Scott Smith: $55,000 (no win bonus)
    Cung Le: $150,000
  • Gilbert Melendez: $55,000 (no win bonus)
    Josh Thomson: $30,000
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: $65,000 ($55k + $10k win bonus)
    Matt Lindland: $50,000
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: $20,000 ($10k + $10k)
    Mike Whitehead: $30,000
  • Antwain Britt: $10,000 ($5k + $5k)
    Scott Lighty: $5,000
  • Justin Wilcox: $5,000 (no win bonus)
    Daisuke Nakamura: $200
  • Alex Crispim: $4,000 ($2k + $2k)
    A.J. Fonseca: $2,000

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $481,200, including bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.