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Fedor Emelianenko Top Earner at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” Despite Upset Loss

Written by Tom Ngo
June 28th, 2010

Top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official paydays for this weekend’s “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” event in San Jose, CA. Despite suffering his first professional blemish in nearly a decade, Fedor Emelianenko walked away with more than half of the entire fight card’s TOTAL disclosed payroll.

The Russian earned a cool $400,000 for his :69 seconds of work inside the HP Pavilion. The card’s roster reportedly cost Strikeforce $788,800.

Speaking of skewed pay scales, Fabricio Werdum only received $100K for snapping Fedor’s 27-fight winning streak. Hopefully, the Brazilian bet the farm on himself because he was a 4-to-1 underdog by the time the cage door closed.

Please keep in mind, the figures released today do not include sponsorship funds and somthin’-somthin’ bonuses that elite fighters are typically rewarded, which often represents a substantial portion of their total income.

In other words, best believe Fedor made a ton more than just $400K for collecting his second pro loss.

Here are the fighters’ salaries, courtesy of MMAJunkie.com:

Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 def. Fedor Emelianenko: $400,000

Cung Le: $100,000 def. Scott Smith: $55,000

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $35,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus and $5,000 champion bonus) def. Jan Finney: $6,000

Josh Thomson: $60,000 def. Pat Healy: $8,000

Chris Cope: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus) def. Ron Keslar: $1,500

Bret Bergmark: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus) def. Vagner Rocha: $2,500

Yancey Medeiros: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Gareth Joseph: $2,000

Bobby Stack: $2,800 ($1,500 win bonus) def. Derrick Burnsed: $2,000

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