Strikeforce Challengers 18 took place on Friday night, Aug. 12, at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Joe Duarte upset UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in the main event.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released the Strikeforce Challengers 18 fighter salaries. Pat Healy and Gian Villante were the big winners on the night, each pulling in $10,000 for their efforts, with Ronda Rousey following closely with an $8,000 payout for her controversial win over Sarah D’Alelio.
The total Strikeforce Challenger 18 payroll was $92,000.
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 CHALLENGERS 18 MAIN CARD FIGHTER SALARIES
-Joe Duarte: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Jorge Gurgel: $5,000
-Nate James: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Danillo Villefort: $5,000
-Pat Healy: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Eric Wisely: $3,000
-Ronda Rousey: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Sarah D’Alelio: $5,000
-Derrick Mehmen: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Roy Jones: $2,000
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18 PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTER SALARIES
-Gian Villante: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Keith Berry: $2,000
-Nah-Shon Burrell: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Lukasz Les: $2,500
-Mike Bronzoulis: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Chad Leonhardt: $2,500
-Milton Vieira: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus) def. Sterling Ford: $4,000
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 18 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $92,000