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

Written by Tom Ngo
June 28th, 2010
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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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