by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the California State Athletic Commission for Strikeforce Challengers 7 featuring a heavyweight showdown between Lavar Johnson and Lolohea Mahe. The event took place on March 26 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although mixed martial arts 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 a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), 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. “Main Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in the main event. “Preliminary Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the main card goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
-Lavar Johnson $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Lolohea Mahe $3,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Ron “Abongo” Humphrey $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus) def. George Bush III $5,000
-Andre Galvao $10,000 def. Luke Stewart $5,000
-Miesha Tate: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Zoila Frausto: $3,000
-Justin Wilcox: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Shamar Bailey: $4,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Daniel Cormier: $500 def. John Devine: $2,500
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 7 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $73,000