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Miesha Tate tops Strikeforce Challengers 10 salary list

Female welterweight contender Miesha Tate made a card-high $18,000 for her performance at last week’s Strikeforce Challengers 10 event, though ultimately had to do twice the work of her male counterparts in order to earn the sum. “Takedown” received $8,000 for her win in the women’s welterweight tournament’s opening round, as well as an additional $10,000 for both making and winning Strikeforce’s 135-pound tourney final later in the same evening. The victories brought Tate’s overall record to 11-2 and likely earned her a rematch against promotional champ Sarah Kaufman at some point in the near future.

News of the salary was released by the Arizona State Boxing Commission and reported by MMAJunkie.

Tate’s opponent in the tournament championship, Hitomi Akano, earned $4,900 for her efforts at the show. Akano was paid $2,800 for submitting Carina Damm in her semi-final bout and an additional $2,100 for making it to the conclusive fight against Tate (which she ultimately lost via unanimous decision).

Meanwhile, event headliner Joe “Diesel” Riggs made $15,000 for his third-round submission-by-strikes win over opponent Louis Taylor. The victory was Riggs’ 33rd as a professional and the fifth in his last six bouts.

Here is a complete rundown of “Strikeforce Challengers 10” payment information made available including event-specific bonuses:

Liz Carmouche – $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Colleen Schneider – $1,000
Chris Gruetzemacher – $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Diaz – $500
Miesha Tate – $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Maiju Kujala – $1,750
Hitomi Akano – $2,800 (includes $1,400 win bonus) def. Carina Damm – $2,100
Ryan Couture – $3,000 def. Lucas Stark – $1,000
Miesha Tate – $18,000 (includes $5,000 final bonus, $5,000 win bonus, $8,000 semi-final salary) def. Hitomi Akano – $4,900 (includes $2,100 final bonus, $2,800 semi-final salary)
Joe Riggs – $15,000 def. Louis Taylor – $2,000

  • Rece Rock says:

    Riggs should go get some more seafoam green tattoos with that cash…

  • Dufresne says:

    The fact that Tate made more than Riggs after he talked shit about women’s MMA makes me very happy. She may have had to fight, and win, twice to top him, but it’s still a bit of poetic justice.

  • Guthookd says:

    ^ That’s exactly what I was going to say. Love to see the follow up interview on that one.

    Tate is such a good grappler. That fight with Akano was just a seminar in grappling. I guess SF doesn’t have fight of the night, but that would have been a prime contender for the honor if they did.

    Tate vs. Kaufman II is going to be great. Kaufman has some very nice TD defense, but Tate has some awesome grappling skills. I’d say Kaufman is more well rounded, but that doesn’t always pan out to a win, though of course she did win the last fight with Tate. Maybe Meisha will have a little different plan this time out.

    War Ladies!!! WAR!

  • danw84 says:

    That’s if Kaufman can get through Coenen.

  • Guthookd says:

    Good point. :)


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