Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi each earned $150,000 for their wins this past weekend at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal. In the main event, “El Nino” topped Jorge Masvidal to successfully defend his 155-pound title.
This was the first Strikeforce card since the announced agreement between the fight company and Showtime to continue televising cards in the future. Melendez is expected to remain in Strikeforce as a key figure.
Cris “Cyborg” Santos, who knocked out Hiroko Yamanaka in just 16 seconds, earned $66,000, which included a $33,000 win bonus. Other fighters who walked away with win bonuses included K.J. Noons, Caros Fodor, Roger Bowling, Devin Cole, Eddie Mendez and Herman Terrado.
The salaries for each fighters is just what was reported to the California State Athletic Commission and does not include any post-fight bonuses awarded.
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Salaries:
Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos: $66,000 ($33,000 win bonus)
Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Ovince St-Preux: $17,000
K.J. Noons: $65,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
Billy Evangelista: $20,000
Caros Fodor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Justin Wilcox: $12,000
Roger Bowling: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
Jerron Peoples: $2,000
Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Gabriel Salinas: $3,000
Eddie Mendez: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
Herman Terrado: $6,000 ($3000 win bonus)
Chris Brown: $3,000