by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Strikeforce: Evolution Salaries by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the California State Athletic Commission for Strikeforce: Evolution featuring a middleweight fight between Cung Le and Scott Smith, which took place on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, 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
– Scott Smith: ($55,000) def. Cung Le: ($150,000)
– Gilbert Melendez: ($55,000) def. Josh Thomson: ($30,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Ronaldo Souza: $65,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Matt Lindland: $50,000
-Muhammed Lawal: $19,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)* def. Mike Whitehead: $30,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Antwain Britt: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Lighty: $5,000
-Justin Wilcox: $5,000 def. Daisuke Nakamura: $200
-Alex Crispim: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. AJ Fonseca: $2,000
*Lawal was fined 10 percent of his $10,000 “show purse” for spraying Rockstar energy drink in the cage following his victory.
STRIKEFORCE: EVOLUTION DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $480,200