“Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” Salaries Released

Written by Tom Ngo
December 20th, 2011

Strikeforce UFC Gilbert Melendez

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all of the contestants that competed in last Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” event.

Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) earned a flat $150,000 paycheck for his unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal in the night’s featured attraction. Masvidal, on the other hand, took home $23k for his efforts.

Despite being the card’s third-to-last contest, Gegard Mousasi also scored $150,000 in his win over Ovince St. Preux.

Just in case you were wondering, UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar only made $102,000 (including a $51,000 win bonus) for his UFC 125 scrap with Gray Maynard. Courtesy of the spectacular show they put on, company president Dana White reward both fighters with their win bonuses despite fighting to a draw.

Edgar’s salary for UFC 136 was not disclosed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The Valley View Casino Center in San Diego hosted this past weekend’s show.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes. Additionally, they do not contain money paid to the fighters by sponsors.

Here are the official paydays for “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal”:

(Total Disclosed Payroll $580,000)

Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Jorge Masvidal: $23,000

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000

Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ovince St. Preux: $17,000

K.J. Noons: $65,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
def. Billy Evangelista: $20,000

Caros Fodor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Wilcox: $12,000

Roger Bowling: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def. Jerron Peoples: $2,000

Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Salinas-Jones: $3,000

Eddie Mendez: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000

Herman Terrado: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Brown: $3,000

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