Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier moved on to the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals with victories over their respective opponents on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
The Ohio Athletic Commission on Monday released the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov fighter salary payouts to MMAWeekly.com.
Not surprisingly, tournament favorite Josh Barnett topped the list of fighter payouts.
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 Heavyweight Grand Prix Barnett vs. Kharitonov Main Card Fighter Salaries
Josh Barnett: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Sergei Kharitonov: $100,000
Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $100,000
Luke Rockhold: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ronaldo Souza: $70,000
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: $85,000 (no win bonus)
def. Roger Gracie: $80,000
Pat Healy: $17,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Barnett vs. Kharitonov Preliminary Card Fighter Salaries
Mike Kyle: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Yoel Romero: $10,000
Jordan Mein: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: $20,000
Alexis Davis: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Amanda Nunes: $7,500
Dominique Steele: $5,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Mierzwiak: $3,000