Strikeforce Salaries and Drug Test Results

Written by Tom Ngo
July 3rd, 2008

The California State Atheletic Commission has released the fighters’ salaries, official attendance and drug test results from last weekend’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson event. Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez walked away with the biggest payday even though he lost his title to Josh Thomson last Friday night.  
The CSAC reported that the gross receipts for the event totaled $355,487.  The total attendance of the event was 7,288, however, the actual paid attendance was 6,750.  Here is how the fighters’ salaries broke down.

Preliminary Bouts:

Bobby Stack ($3,000 – Win Bonus $1,000) Defeated Jose Palacios ($3,000)
Alexander Trivino ($1,500 -Win Bonus $500) Defeated Eric Jacob ($1,000)
Jorge Interiano ($1,500- Win Bonus $500) Defeated Travis Johnson ($2,000)
Cyrillo Padhilo ($2,500 -Win Bonus $750) Defeated Jesse Jones ($2,000)

Main Bouts:

Eric Lawson ($8,000) Defeated Jesse Gillespie ($3,500)
Miesha Tate ($1,500-Win Bonus $500) Defeated Elaina Maxwell ($4,000)
Bobby Southworth ($25,000 Win Bonus $10,000) Defeated Anthony Ruiz ($200*)
Jeremiah Metcalf ($8,500 Win Bonus $5,000) Defeated Raymond Daniels ($10,000)
Chris Cariaso ($6,000 – No Win Bonus) Defeated Anthony Figueroa ($5,000)
Billy Evangelista ($14,000 Win Bonus $7,000) Defeated Nam Phan ($10,000)
Brian Caraway ($3,000 Win Bonus $1,000) Defeated Alvin Cacdac ($3,000)
Josh Thomson ($35,000 Win Bonus $15,000) Defeated Gilbert Melendez ($50,000)

Total Disclosed Strikeforce Payroll: $203,200

KO/Submission of the Night:

Eric Lawson ($1000 Bonus)

All the fighters that participated in the Strikeforce event were all tested after their fights for performance enhancing substances and drugs of abuse. Executive Director for the California State Athlethic Commission, Lenard Garcia reported that all fighters’ tests came back clean.

*Ruiz had received most of his pay prior to fight. The exact amount was not disclosed.

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