The California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday released the fighter salary information for Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley. The event took place Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz floored Paul Daley to win the main event, while lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez finished Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main event.
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.
STRIKEFORCE DIAZ VS. DALEY MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Nick Diaz: $175,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $65,000
-Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Tatsuya Kawajiri: $97,612.50
-Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 drew with Keith Jardine: $25,000
-Shinya Aoki: $73,637.50 (no win bonus) def. Lyle Beerbohm: $10,000
STRIKEFORCE DIAZ VS. DALEY PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Robert Peralta: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Hiroyuki Takaya: $2,740
-Virgil Zwicker: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Brett Albee: $1,000
-Joe Duarte: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Saad Awad: $1,500
-Herman Terrado: $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus) def. AJ Matthews: $1,000
-Rolando Perez: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Edgar Cardenas: $1,000
-Casey Ryan: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Paul Song: $750
STRIKEFORCE DIAZ VS. DALEY DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $769,740