Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman Fighter Salaries; Jacare Tops the Payroll

August 20, 2012
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Jacare Souza StrikeforceThe Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman fighter salaries were released to on Monday by the California State Athletic Commission.

The main bout at Saturday’s event featured Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continuing her amazing unbeaten streak, racking up her sixth first-round armbar finish in as many professional fights. She submitted top contender Sarah Kaufman just 54 seconds into the fight.

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: Rousey vs. Kaufman Fighter Salaries

Ronda Rousey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $17,000

Ronaldo Jacare Souza: $94,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Derek Brunson: $13,000

Tarec Saffiedine: $35,000 (includes $17,500 win bonus)
def. Roger Bowling: $10,000

Anthony Smith: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Lumumba Sayers: $7,000

Ovince St. Preux: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. TJ Cook: $3,000

Miesha Tate: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Julie Kedzie: $5,000

Adlan Amagov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Keith Berry: $2,000

Germaine de Randamie: $15,000 (includes $7,500 win bonus)
def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000

Bobby Green: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Ricehouse: $5,000

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $368,000

  • nadillon

    While I’m sure Rousey has sponsers, as the defending champion she should have made the most on the card. I also acknowledge sh has had less fights, which is how they compute salary, but being the champion should matter more.

    • I’m sorry but I doubt Brock Lesnar made that disclosed amount for any of his championship bouts. $2000 more than an ex champ she already beat? Jacare gets more than double without a belt?! Disclosed or not, that’s terrible!

      • leugim41004

        extremely unpaid

  • mtmma

    Yeah, she should be getting paid more. She’s arguably the most marketable fighter in Strikeforce.

  • leugim41004

    Ronda Rousey is getting seriously underpaid, n one would have watched the fight if it wasn’t for her.

    @nadillon all that sponsor money goes to paying off training and management teams

    • nadillon

      I didnt know that. I have always wondered this: Does anyone know how much the sponsers pay (I know its vastly different per fighter) and how much the pay per view bonus is?

  • These figures are what they were paid by Strikeforce. This does not include sponors and other bonuses awarded to the fighters.

  • Rick_Burgess

    That pay schedule is seriously screwed up. If Strikeforce expect to attract serious quality talent they must bring women’s pay up. Especially the headliner! Only $2000 difference between Rhonda and Miesha is ridiculous. Why worry about being the champ if the difference is that small? Rhonda should have made at LEAST three times that much.

  • joeshine

    the salaries are a joke. Meisha big nose tate makes almost what Rousey does??? No one cares about Souza. Rousey ought to go into movies and make some real money. Ronda got paid peanuts and big nose Tate isn’t worth anything

  • Michael

    $2000 $5000 ??? to fight? lololololol