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Monday, May 21, 2012

Josh Barnett, Gilbert Melendez and Daniel Cormier Top Latest Strikeforce Payroll

Melendez elbowing Thomson (photo via Esther Lin / Showtime)

By FCF Staff

The California State Athletic Commission has released the payroll figures for Strikeforce’s latest event on Saturday in San Jose, and not surprisingly, former UFC champion Josh Barnett and current lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez were among the leaders.

Barnett was reportedly paid $200,000 for his Grand Prix Finale bout with rising heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who collected $100,000—including a $50,000 win bonus—for his unanimous decision victory.

Melendez was paid $175,000 total for his rubber match bout with Josh Thomson, who in losing by split decision, earned a reported 90,000.

According to the CSAC figures the gross gate for the event was $226,0095. Numbers regarding ticket sales at the HP Pavilion are still pending.

Here are the salaries that were disclosed to the CSAC by Strikeforce and its parent company Zuffa. They do not include any additional sponsorship or performance based bonuses a fighter may have received.

Josh Barnett $ 200,000

Daniel Cormier $ 50, 000 plus win bonus of $50,000


Josh Thomson $ 90,000

Gilbert Melendez $ 175,000


Mike Kyle $25,000

Rafael Cavalcante Custodio $33,000 WB $33,000


James Terry $ 9, 000

Bobby Green $6,000 WB $6,000


Quinn Mulhern $6, 000 WB $6,000

Yuri Villefort $ 2,500


Gian Villante $ 12, 000 WB $12,000

Derrick Mehman $ 3,000


Virgil Zwicker $ 3,000

Carlos Inocente $ 2,000 WB $2,000


Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante $ 18,000

Isaac Vallie – Flagg $ 3,000 WB $3,000


Nah-Shon Burrell $ 7,000

Lenny Christopher Spang $ 6,000 WB $ 6,000


*Numbers do not include any deductions


posted by FCF Staff @ 6:12 pm
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