by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted Shamrock vs. Baroni event, which took place on Friday, June 22nd in San Jose, Calif.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that Strikeforce and EliteXC are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions. All figures provided by the California State Athletic Commission.
Although MMA fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that Strikeforce and EliteXC also pay their fighters, but do not disclose to the athletic commissions, are not included in the figures below.
In the listings below, “Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show and/or compete in a title fight on a show. “Preliminary Match Fights” are fights that are taped before a television or pay-per-view show goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those fights aired on the telecast or pay-per-view broadcast.
The official attendance for Shamrock vs. Baroni, as recorded by the CSAC, was 9,672. That total includes a paid attendance of 8,584, or 88.8% of the total attendance. There were 1,088 exempt or complimentary tickets that the promotion gave away, or 11.2% of the total attendance. The total capacity of the HP Pavilion for Shamrock vs. Baroni was 12,632. That leaves 2,960 tickets that were neither sold nor given away.
The live gate (total gross receipts) for Shamrock vs. Baroni was $721,210, compared to a total disclosed fighter payroll of $628,340.
Main Event Fighters
-Frank Shamrock: $200,000 (defeated Phil Baroni)
-Phil Baroni: $100,000 (lost to Frank Shamrock)
Main Card Fighters
-Murilo “Ninja” Rua: $50,000 (defeated Joey Villasenor; $25,000 + $25,000 win bonus)
-Paul Buentello: $50,000 (defeated Carter Williams; $25,000 + $25,000 win bonus)
-Cung Le: $45,000 (defeated Tony Fryklund)
-Josh Thomson: $20,000 (defeated Nick Gonzalez; $15,000 + $5,000 win bonus)
-Joey Villasenor: $15,000 (lost to Murilo “Ninja” Rua)
-Duane Ludwig: $15,000 (lost to Paul Daley)
-Edson Bert: $14,000 (defeated Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela; $7,000 + $7,000 win bonus)
-Carter Williams: $13,340 (lost to Paul Buentello)
-Paul Daley: $12,000 (defeated Duane Ludwig; $6,000 + $6,000 win bonus)
-Tony Fryklund: $8,000 (lost to Cung Le)
-Nick Gonzalez: $4,000 (lost to Josh Thomson)
-Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela: $4,000 (lost to Edson Berto)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Mike Pyle: $20,000 (defeated Aaron Wetherspoon; $10,000 + $10,000 win bonus)
-Luke Stewart: $10,000 (defeated Jason Von Flue)
-Jason Von Flue: $10,000 (lost to Luke Stewart)
-Seth Kleinbeck: $6,000 (defeated Sam Spengler; $3,000 + $3,000 win bonus)
-Chris Cariaso: $4,000 (defeated Anthony Figueroa; $3,000 + $1,000 win bonus)
-Ray Seraille: $4,000 (lost to Rex Richards)
-Rex Richards: $4,000 (defeated Ray Seraille; $2,000 + $2,000 win bonus)
-Aaron Wetherspoon: $4,000 (lost to Mike Pyle)
-Sean Bassett: $3,700 (lost to David Smith)
-Anthony Figueroa: $3,000 (lost to Chris Cariaso)
-Sam Spengler: $3,000 (lost to Seth Kleinbeck)
-Nik Theotikis: $2,800 (defeated Nikk Covert)
-David Smith: $2,000 (defeated Sean Bassett; $1,000 + $1,000 win bonus)
-Nikk Covert: $1,500 (lost to Nik Theotikos)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $628,340