Josh Barnett Wins Big Despite Defeat

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2012

Josh Barnett Strikeforce

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all of the contestants who competed in last Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” event.

While Daniel Cormier may have taken home this monstrosity by beating Josh Barnett (Pictured) in the show’s featured attraction, Barnett was still the card’s highest earner.

“The Warmaster” pocketed a flat $200,000 salary for his 25 minutes of work. Cormier earned $100k, with half of his check coming via win bonus.

Gilbert Melendez scored the night’s second-largest purse. The lightweight champ earned $175,000 for his controversial win over Josh Thomson. “The Punk” made $90,000.

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.

HP Pavilion in San Jose, California hosted this past weekend’s festivities.

Here are the official salaries from the event:

(Total disclosed payroll: $768,500)

Preliminary Card:

Bobby Green: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. James Terry: $9,000

Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Yuri Villefort: $2,500

Gian Villante: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Derrick Mehman: $3,000

Guto Inocente: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Virgil Zwicker: $3,000

Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $6,000 (includes $3,000) win bonus)
def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $18,000

Main Card:

Chris Spang: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $66,000 (includes $33,000 bonus)
def. Mike Kyle: $25,000

Gilbert Melendez: $175,000 (no win bonus)
def. Josh Thomson: $90,000

Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Barnett: $200,000

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