“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” Salaries Released

Written by Tom Ngo
April 13th, 2011

Strikeforce Nick Diaz

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official paydays for this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” event inside the Valley View Center Casino in San Diego.

As expected, the card’s headliner walked away with the night’s largest reported purse. Welterweight champion Nick Diaz took home a flat $175,000 salary for his impressive comeback TKO victory over Paul Daley.

Diaz should be able to upgrade his Honda now…

Daley will take home $65K for his efforts.

Strikeforce lightweight king Gilbert Melendez and former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi pocketed the roster’s second highest salary. Both stars left San Diego with $150,000.

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 insurance, licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, secret somethin’ somethin’ handshakes, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

Here are the official salaries from Saturday’s show (Courtesy of MMAJunkie):

Total Payroll: $769,740

Nick Diaz: $175,000 (no win bonus)
def. Paul Daley: $65,000

Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tatsuya Kawajiri: $97,612.50

Gegard Mousasi: $150,000
draw Keith Jardine: $25,000

Shinya Aoki: $73,637.50 (no win bonus)
def. Lyle Beerbohm: $10,000

Robert Peralta: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Hiroyuki Takaya: $2,740

Virgil Zwicker: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Brett Albee: $1,000

Joe Duarte: $2,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Saad Awad: $1,500

Herman Terrado: $1,500 ($500 win bonus)
def. A.J. Matthews: $1,000

Rolando Perez: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Peterson: $1,000

Casey Ryan: $2,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Song: $750

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