- STRIKEFORCE & ELITE XC FIGHTER SALARY BREAKDOWN

April 1, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com
The fighter salary information for the EliteXC and Strikeforce co-promoted show from March 29 was released by the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday.

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 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 a promoter also pays its fighters 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 title fights or in the main event. “Preliminary Match Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the live broadcast goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV broadcast.

Also, all athletes on the card were tested for drugs of abuse and came back clean. The results for any performance enhancement drugs or masking agents are still pending at this time.

The live gate earned $1,117, 855 with a paid attendance of 14,710 and 482 exempt passes. The total attendance was 15,192.

MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS

-Frank Shamrock: $300,000 (lost to Cung Le, no win bonus listed)

-Cung Le: $200,000 (defeated Frank Shamrock, no win bonus listed)

MAIN CARD FIGHTERS

-Gilbert Melendez: $50,000 (defeated Gabe Lemley; no win bonus listed)

-Joey Villasenor: $36,000 (defeated Ryan Jensen; win bonus was $18,000

-Wayne Cole: $10,000 (defeated Mike Kyle; win bonus was $5,000)

-Drew Fickett: $10,000 (defeated Jae Suk Lim; win bonus was $5,000)

-Mike Kyle: $10,000 (lost to Wayne Cole)

-Gabe Lemley: $7,000 (lost to Gilbert Melendez)

-Jae Suk Lim: $3,000 (lost to Drew Fickett)

-Ryan Jensen: $6,000 (lost to Joey Villasenor)

PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS

-Billy Evangelista: $10,000 (defeated Marlon Sims; win bonus was $5,000)

-Tiki Ghosn: $8,000 (defeated Luke Stewart; win bonus was $2,000)

-Luke Stewart: $6,000 (lost to Tiki Ghosn)

-Darren Uyenoyama: $4,000 (defeated Anthony Figueroa; win bonus was $2,000)

-Marlon Sims: $2,500 (lost to Billy Evangelista)

-Jesse Jones: $2,150 (defeated Jesse Gillespie; win bonus was $500)

-Anthony Figueroa: $2,000 (lost to Darren Uyenoyama)

-Jesse Gillespie: $1,200 (lost to Jesse Jones)

DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $667,850

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