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Josh Barnett Wins Big Again at “Strikeforce HW GP Semifinal”

Written by Tom Ngo
September 12th, 2011
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On Monday, the Ohio Athletic Commission released the official salaries for all the contestants that participated in Saturday’s “Strikeforce HW GP Semifinal” event.

In addition to advancing to the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Josh Barnett (Pictured) was also the night’s highest earner with a flat $150,000 salary.

His opponent, Sergei Kharitonov, took home a cool $100k for his 1stRound submission loss to “The Warmaster.”

Daniel Cormier and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also pocketed $100,000 for their performances. Half of Cormier’s paycheck came via win bonus for his knockout of “Bigfoot.”

The event’s total disclosed payroll was a massive $942,000.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker refused to announce the event’s attendance at the post-fight press conference. However, many outlets estimated less than 2,000 fans packed the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati this past Saturday.

Here are the official paydays (Courtesy of MMAJunkie):

Josh Barnett: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Sergei Kharitonov: $100,000

Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $100,000

Luke Rockhold: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ronaldo Souza: $70,000

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: $85,000 (no win bonus)
def. Roger Gracie: $80,000

Pat Healy: $17,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000

Mike Kyle: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Yoel Romero: $10,000

Jordan Mein: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: $20,000

Alexis Davis: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Amanda Nunes: $7,500

Dominique Steele: $5,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Mierzwiak: $3,000

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.

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