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“Strikeforce: Miami” Paydays Released, Herschel Walker Nets $600

Written by Tom Ngo
February 3rd, 2010
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The Florida State Athletic Commission has just released the fighters’ salaries for this past weekend’s “Strikeforce: Miami” event.

Nick Diaz didn’t just leave the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida as Strikeforce’s first welterweight champ, but the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace-turned boxer was the night’s highest earner as he pocketed a cool $100,000 for his 1stRound TKO of Marius Zaromskis.

Of interesting note, former Heisman Trophy award winner Herschel Walker only received $600 for his 3rdRound TKO of Greg Nagy. However, Strikeforce is not required to disclose to the athletic commissions any undisclosed bonuses that it pays its fighters.

It was reported that Walker made six-figures for his mixed martial arts debut, however stated he would donate his entire purse to charity. If that’s the case, it’ll be interesting to see if Walker announces the extent of his generosity.

Here is a complete rundown of the fighters’ salaries, courtesy of MMAWeekly.com:


Preliminary Bouts:

Joe Ray $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus) def. John Clarke $1,000

David Gomez $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Craig Oxley $1,500

Michael Byrnes $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. David Zitnik $1,500

John Kelly $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Sabah Homasi $1,000

Hadar Hassan $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Keenan $2,000

Pablo Alfonso $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Marcos DaMotta $2,500

Jay Hieron $65,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Joe Riggs $30,000


Main Bouts:

Bobby Lashley $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Wes Sims $25,000

Robbie Lawler $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Melvin Manhoef $5,000

Herschel Walker $600 (no win bonus) def. Greg Nagy $5,000

Cris “Cyborg” Santos $35,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus and $5,000 championship bonus) def. Marloes Coenen $2,000

Nick Diaz $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Marius Zaromskis $30,000

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