Strikeforce Feijao vs. Hendo Fighter Salaries: Hendo Banks $250,000

March 7, 2011
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Dan Henderson

The Ohio Athletic Commission on Monday released the fighter salary information for Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.

Former two-weight class Pride champion Dan Henderson was successful in the main event, taking the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt from Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante with a third-round knockout. Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen, though she faced a difficult challenge from Liz Carmouche, successfully defended her title.

Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson took place Saturday, March 5, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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.

-Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $28,000
-Marloes Coenen: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Liz Carmouche: $5,000
-Tim Kennedy: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Melvin Manhoef: $10,000
-Jorge Masvidal: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Billy Evangelista: $20,000

-Roger Bowling: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus) def. Josh Thornburg: $2,000
-Jorge Gurgel: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Billy Vaughn: $1,500
-Jason Freeman: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Jason Riley: $1,500
-Brian Rogers: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Ian Rammel: $1,500
-Mitch Whitesel: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Marc Cofer: $1,500
-John Kuhner: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. JP Felty: $1,500


  • wonggfan

    As much as I like SF and MMA in general, this is the reason why I think SF has years to come before becoming a serious competitor with the UFC.

    Let’s go back a year or so. Mousasi was the most sought-after LHW, Fedor’s protege, and Dana’s fantasy. Then King Mo beats him in a typical wrestling fest. King Mo, a top 10 or 15 fighter, then loses to Feijao, a fighter that is unknown but obviously a more complete fighter than King Mo.

    Mark my words. King Mo’s days are numbered. He is just another Kevin Randleman, an awesome wrestler that cracks easily. From now on it is downhill for him.

    Anyway, back to the subject. Hendo is a veteran of the game, a perennial top 10 or 15 fighter in both LHW and MW, but was never a top fighter. He recently lost to Jake Shields, a fucking WW. (I was shocked).

    Then out of no where, Hendo beats this Feijao to take the crown. What now? Well both Mousasi and King Mo could beat Hendo. So I guess title goes back to Mousasi v. King Mo?

    Granted UFC has a monopoly over the LHW division (they don’t have one with the HW division), it is understandable that Hendo is the SF champion, at least for now. But SF really needs to beef up its LHW roster.

    • Frye557

      I agree with most of what you said, but almost fell off my chair laughing when you mentioned Hendo never being a top fighter. Yeah, I guess being the pride middle, and welterweight titleholder at the same time means nothing. Just because he didn’t win a title in the UFC, he was at one point, one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet and will forever will be a legend. Not to mention he defeated 3 top ten middleweights in the UFC before he left. Sure, to say the SF light-heavyweight title doesn’t mean anything makes sense, but to say Hendo never cracked the top 10 in his career (even though he was the champ of both the divisions you mentioned in the most talent heavy organization ever) is an absolute joke.

  • wonggfan

    SF needs to build its LHW roster by recruiting some UFC has beens, Pride left overs (Arona), and new talent.

    Mousasi and King Mo are not enough to run a fucking division.

    I just don’t understand their marketing scheme. Let Fedor get out of the fight contract. Get him to do a reality show geared at recruiting LHWs from all of ther world.