Wanna know one of the primary reasons Strikeforce was forced to close its doors following Saturday’s event? Well, the total disclosed payroll for “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” was an astonishing $1,153,500.
According to the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, Josh Barnett (Pictured) was the night’s highest earner. “The Warmaster” pocketed a flat $250,000 salary for meeting Nandor Guelmino inside the hexagon.
Gegard Mousasi scored the event’s second-largest purse. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion made a cool $175k.
Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.
Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City hosted Saturday’s event.
Here are the official salaries for Strikeforce’s finale (Courtesy of MMAJunkie):
(Total disclosed payroll: $1,153,500)
Estevan Payan: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Defeated Michael Bravo: $6,000
Adriano Martins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
Roger Gracie: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
Defeated Anthony Smith: $10,000
Pat Healy: $42,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Kurt Holobaugh: $9,000
Tim Kennedy: $80,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Defeated Trevor Smith: $8,000
Ryan Couture: $22,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Defeated KJ Noons: $41,000
Ronaldo Souza: $100,500 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ed Herman: $34,000
Gegard Mousasi: $175,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Mike Kyle: $25,000
Josh Barnett: $250,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Nandor Guelmino: $12,000
Daniel Cormier: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Defeated Dion Staring: $8,000
Tarec Saffiedine: $39,000 (includes $19,500 win bonus)
Defeated Nate Marquardt: $40,000