Strikeforce Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Fighter Salaries: Barnett, Mousasi and Cormier Top Payroll

January 14, 2013
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Josh Barnett StrikeforceThe Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.

Tarec Saffiedine made the most of the final Strikeforce event, upsetting welterweight champion Nate Marquardt, likely solidifying a shot at competing in the UFC Octagon in the process.

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine took place Saturday, January 12, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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 Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Fighter Salaries

Tarec Saffiedine: $39,000 (includes $19,500 win bonus)
def. Nate Marquardt: $40,000

Daniel Cormier: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Dion Staring: $8,000

Josh Barnett: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Nandor Guelmino: $12,000

Gegard Mousasi: $175,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mike Kyle: $25,000

Ronaldo Jacare Souza: $100,500 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $34,000

Ryan Couture: $22,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. KJ Noons: $41,000

Tim Kennedy: $80,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Trevor Smith: $8,000

Pat Healy: $42,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Kurt Holobaugh: $9,000

Roger Gracie: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Smith: $10,000

Adriano Martins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jorge Gurgel: $10,000

Estevan Payan: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Bravo: $6,000

Strikeforce Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,153,500

  • b-soc

    If Barnett is brought over, something tells me it won’t be for that kind of money!

  • Sir_Roy

    $8000 crap dollars to face Cormier? Dude must be strapped for cash to step into the Octagon for that pittance. Almost feels criminal.

    • dick niaz

      its a hexagon

    • dd

      nah..it actually risky for cormier..if dion would have won..hell make alot more the next fight..i think they did him a favor really

  • Geoff Taylor

    Why does Barnett get nearly DOUBLE Cormier’s take after Comier dominated him in the heavy weight tournamment?

    • John Bunch

      I’d guess their contracts were inked a while ago.

      • The saw

        u guys must be new to the mma game. yes its in their contract to get x amont of dollars per fight, unless youre just starting out or youre not a big name, then you might have other(cheaper) stipulations.Defenetly Barnett doesnt deserve that kinda money these days but thats what he gets from SF for signing. Its not always about how badass u are but by name recognition

    • kbroesq

      Aside from what was already mentioned, but in the same vein, you have to realize that Barnett is still a bigger name than Cormier. There are a lot of fans that have nostalgia for the old days, and will go see/watch Barnett no matter what (I’m one of them). We’re talking about a guy who fought all the big names in Pride. It’s like if Randy Couture came to sign a contract. Comier’s future and recent record is much more impressive than Couture’s, but you better believe Courture is getting mad cash more than Cormier if he wants to fight.