‘Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
January 14th, 2013

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Wanna know one of the primary reasons Strikeforce was forced to close its doors following Saturday’s event? Well, the total disclosed payroll for “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” was an astonishing $1,153,500.

According to the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, Josh Barnett (Pictured) was the night’s highest earner. “The Warmaster” pocketed a flat $250,000 salary for meeting Nandor Guelmino inside the hexagon.

Gegard Mousasi scored the event’s second-largest purse. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion made a cool $175k.

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 by sponsors, which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City hosted Saturday’s event.

Here are the official salaries for Strikeforce’s finale:

(Total disclosed payroll: $1,153,500)

Preliminary Card:

Estevan Payan: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Defeated Michael Bravo: $6,000

Adriano Martins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jorge Gurgel: $10,000

Roger Gracie: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
Defeated Anthony Smith: $10,000

Pat Healy: $42,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Kurt Holobaugh: $9,000

Tim Kennedy: $80,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Defeated Trevor Smith: $8,000

Ryan Couture: $22,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Defeated KJ Noons: $41,000

Main Card:

Ronaldo Souza: $100,500 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ed Herman: $34,000

Gegard Mousasi: $175,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Mike Kyle: $25,000

Josh Barnett: $250,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Nandor Guelmino: $12,000

Daniel Cormier: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Defeated Dion Staring: $8,000

Tarec Saffiedine: $39,000 (includes $19,500 win bonus)
Defeated Nate Marquardt: $40,000

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