Strikeforce payroll features Barnett and heavyweights at top
September 12, 2011
MMA Junkie reports the payroll from Saturday’s Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov totaled $942,000. The Ohio State Athletic Commission released the payroll information on Monday.
Via MMA Junkie:
Josh Barnett: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Sergei Kharitonov: $100,000
Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $100,000
Luke Rockhold: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ronaldo Souza: $70,000
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: $85,000 (no win bonus)
def. Roger Gracie: $80,000
Pat Healy: $17,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000
Mike Kyle: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Yoel Romero: $10,000
Jordan Mein: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: $20,000
Alexis Davis: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Amanda Nunes: $7,500
Dominique Steele: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Mierzwiak: $3,000
The Heavyweights each receive 6 figures Saturday. I include Cormier since he received his $50K win bonus in addition to his $50K base. This likely is due to the fact he was an originally an alternate. Also, no win bonuses for Barnett or King Mo.
Its interesting that attendance and gate were not reported, when its usually announced after every other event. From the looks of the event on television, it did not seem like there were many in attendance which is a shame since this was a very good night of fights. If you are to believe some reports, there was poor attendance and Strikeforce comped many tickets. With a hefty payroll, it had to be a big money loss for Zuffa.
With the report of Cormier out with a broken hand, will Zuffa wait for him to recover to finish the HW Grand Prix or will there be a substitute to finish off this once good, now ill-fated idea. As many speculate, Strikeforce folding seems as imminent as Bellator moving to Spike. As Alistair Overeem, Jason Miller, Nick Diaz and Cung Le have left the promotion for one reason or another, each has emerged in the UFC. It seems like a matter of time before all Strikeforce fighters are folded into the UFC.