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Nick Diaz earns event-high $150,000 for win over Evangelista Santos

Welterweight champ Nick Diaz recently mentioned his willingness to move up to 185-pounds for a fight with Jason “Mayhem” Miller if the money was right. Given his salary for a somewhat fast, albeit hard-fought win over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos this past weekend at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” it’s hard to gauge exactly what his asking price may be given the figure’s equivalence to the total money earned by co-headliners Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Robbie Lawler.

According to the California State Athletic Commission, Diaz made $150,000 with no included win bonus for his submission of Santos with ten seconds remaining in the second round. Comparably, “Cyborg” took home $20,000 for the Armbar loss.

Meanwhile, middleweight title-holder Souza made $85,000 in part due to a $15,000 win bonus procured via Rear-Naked Choke midway through the third. Lawler earned $65,000 respectively.

Other notable payouts include $75,000 to newcomer Roger Gracie and only $5,000 to Herschel Walker. However, though Walker’s figure may look low, he has stood by his position that money isn’t his primary focus in terms of Mixed Martial Arts and donated winnings from his debut to a charity.

Here is a complete rundown of “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” salary information:

Jenna Castillo – $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Charlene Gellner – $1,000
James Terry – $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Lucas Gamaza – $1,500
Germaine De Randamie – $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Stephanie Webber – $1,000
Ron Keslar – $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Eric Lawson – $1,500
Isaiah Hill – $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Bobby Stack – $1,500
Nate Moore – $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Nathan Coy – $3,000
Roger Gracie – $75,000 def. Trevor Prangley – $30,000
Herschel Walker – $5,000 def. Scott Carson – $5,000
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza – $85,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Robbie Lawler – $65,000
Nick Diaz – $150,000 def. Evangelista Cyborg – $20,000


  • Dufresne says:

    With that kinda money he should be able to upgrade from that Honda.

  • Rece Rock says:

    That’s a whole lot of medical Marijuana. If you live in Stockton stand outside if you want to get a contact high.

  • JOEgun says:

    I have to work several years, 40hrs a week to even get close to that amount. I dont want to hear him complain about his stupid car ever again. That sum should hold him until his next fight, im sure. Unless hes fallen under an avalanche of debt in the 6 figures, that fat check shut him up.

    Im a Nick Diaz fan, but I hate to hear whining about money when he gets paid this much for a 10 minute fight. Who knows how much he’ll get paid for his next fight (which will hopefully be Daley).

  • Angry Mike says:

    dial should line up a sponsorship with a condom manufacturer. Think how much money he could make if every time he yelled ” f**k you”, he also said “with a Trojan”, or whatever brand he was repping.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I dont care what anybody else thinks Angry Mike thats funny.

  • Sykotick says:

    With thag kinda cash he can finish smoking himself retarded

  • bigbadjohn says:

    ha ha ha… Diaz -marijuana jokes. those are getting old. these ‘stoners’ are as dedicated, motivated and impressive as any athletes on earth. Break the sterotype much? I actually know of more than a few people who compete in MMA and prefer the use of pot over copious amounts of acetometaphin, ibuprofen, or any other ‘normal’ painkillers to cope with pain from training and competing. no lie.

  • ClarkyMN says:

    Cyborg only getting paid 20k for a title fight seems kinda low. Hell Prangley got 30K to be a sacrificial lamb. Gracie getting 75K seems high even if he has all the potential and of course has the name. I do think that Diaz getting 150K was reasonable he is one of the best fighters SF has.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He is gonna get big big dollars for facing Mayhem.
    Lets face it guys, you may not like him, you may think he is overrated, you may even hate him or think he sucks at MMA but Diaz is fast becoming one of the biggest stars in the sport.
    If he fights and beats Mayhem he will be considered a top P4P fighter and 1 of the very best at 170 and he will be earning big big dollars. Although I rate Shields very highly and think he has a very good chance of being the UFC WW champion I think SF will be much keener to hold on to Diaz. His fights are always good. He doesn’t rely on wrestling to control his opponent, he has the attitude that if you want to bang lets bang and if you want to play the ground game, bring it on. He is always active on the feet and on the ground and people love to see him fight. Shields, not so much.
    Diaz is starting to pull in the crowds. Some come to see him win, some come to see him lose and some come to see a guy who has BJJ and boxing to rival any other MMA fighter on the planet. He still has holes in his game but if you look at Diaz vs Noons 1 and then 2 you will realize that he is improving very quickly. He may not have the best wrestling in the world but when you have elite striking and elite BJJ does it matter?.


    Nick Diaz is the most exciting fighter on the planet

  • Sykotick says:

    I beg to differ, I think the most exciting fighter is Chris Lytle.

    And no Nick isn’t going to get paid big bucks for fighting Mayhem, not cuz he doesn’t deserve it but because he is going to keep making excuses to not fight him

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Excuses like … I cant make 178 and he has to come to MW?. You would know a lot about excuses though sykotik.

  • elkymbo says:

    Claws away kittens.

  • I competely agree with MMA Logic. Nick Diaz is fast becoming one of the best fighters out there and other than the few big name heavy weights and Dan Henderson he is probably the biggest star Strikeforce has.
    Mayhem can make 170 and has in the past so I dont see why HE wont step down and fight NIck at 170. Say what you will about Nick but he has a title to defend and several training partners to help with while MIller has Bully beatdown, so I’d say Nick has obligations and Miller is ducking Nick.
    I wont lie I’ve lived 23 of my 27 years old in the 209 and do have a bit of a bias towards the Diaz boys, but the proof is in the pudding. Neither has ever been owned in a fight, both have only been finished once, and both are still below the age of 30 which means all you people who dont like them had better either learn to like them, prepare to stay mad, or quit watching the two better orgs show’s because I dont think we’ve scratched the surface on what either of these talented brothers will accomplish in mma.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Sure Nick has fought at Middleweight before but how is that an argument for why he should move up to fight Mayhem? Mayhems fought at 170. Nick has a body type much more suited for lighter weight divisions. Yes he’s gained the weight before to fight opponents he knows he will beat to get a paycheque or two but his natural division is 170! He’s got mass notoriety which Mayhem hardly does, Why would he move to Jason’s domain?? Mayhem’s not a slouch but he definitely needs this fight worse than Nick. So put up or shut up Jason because Nicks a champ and champions aren’t ordered around to different weight classes by jealous (arguable) contenders. This would never even be a discussion in the UFC.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Superdave, I agree with your take on the Daiz brothers 100%, but I do disagree with you about Miller coming down to 170 to fight Nick. They both want to fight each other and really Miller didnt pick the fight with Diaz in the first place so i am all for a catchweight bout( if a weight can be agreed on that is).
    While the attitudes are a little much at times and damm do I wish that both Nick and Nate would try and bring in some serious wrestlers because at this point Shields and Melendez arnt helping them improve there wrestling, these two brothere are so talented is is crazy. All drama aside I dont see how any MMA fan wouldnt like to watch them fight and want to see them fight top competition.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    What are you talking about? It was Miller who instigated everything after Shields beat Hendo, he came into the cage when he shouldn’t have and he ran his mouth like always when he shouldn’t have. Nick is the champ at WW, going up in weight is going to screw with the way he fights at WW.

    Also 150k is not that much considering some people get a percentage out of it plus he’s a pro fighter and he has to lay down tens of thousands of dollars to get the proper training and conditioning. And he does bust his ass for that money people tend to forget that being a pro MMA fighter is insanely hard to do.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Yes Miller came into the cage TO TALK TO SHIELDS, repest SHIELDS. Not Diaz, the fact that Diaz had to push and punch/ kick Miller is all on Diaz. If Diaz will not go up to 185 and Miller will not go down to 170 and they still want to fight each other than a even catchweight would be the only way to go. In case you missed it Nick has gone up in weight for two out of his last 6 fights, and fought at 160 before that so Id say changing weight classes isnt the real issue here.

  • Rece Rock says:

    ” to fight each other than a even catchweight would be the only way to go.”


    In my opinion it’s more physically a toll on the body to lose weight than to gain weight BUT then again if your not putting on the weight the right way and just putting on fat then I guess the body is suffering also?!?

    This is a stalemate… this issue is almost mute because this fight any happening anytime soon.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    fan, he had no business in the cage talking to shields or even being by the sidelines, also shields and gilbert pushed miller away before nick threw the punch and miller should’ve known better than to try to spoil a victory like that…

    second fighting at 179-180 catchweight is not the same as fighting at 185.

    In case YOU missed it, the last time Nick fought at a catchweight was 4 fights ago, almost 2 years ago. It’s been a while and his body already got used to fighting at WW. He’s the SF WW champ, and miller is no champ. So there should be a catchweight of 175 if Miller really wants to fight Nick and doesn’t insist on ridiculous things like going up a full weight class while he’s the champ at another one. If Miller was a champion it would be a different story but its not. He would get schooled by Nick regardless, he knows that, that’s why he’s only insisting on fighting at MW.

  • Sykotick says:

    Rece as far as I know (school and such lol) it is harder on your cardiovascular system to cut it then it is to gain it, as long as you gain it the right way.
    And while Mayhem did fight at welterweight, that was ages ago. nick has fought a middleweight/ catchweight recently and then back to welterweight so obviously he knows what he is doing.

    “he’s champ so he doesn’t get told what to do”
    I agree you’re all right, he IS champ and has behaved brilliantly as one right? Jumping Miller, flicking off the dude on Saturday, screaming all sorts of bs shortly after, brilliant behavior.
    But most of that shit aside, I wouldn’t have a problem with him saying the fight with miller has to be a catchweight, except he physically assaulted him.

    If you go to a bar and punch a dude do you then say “we can fight but only if you are closer to my size? No! If you hit him expect to have to fight him.

    Had Miller jumped Diaz I’d expect Mayhem to cut, but he didn’t so he shouldn’t.
    Diaz should finish what he started when he jumped in on the afterfight brawl.
    “Jason started it”
    Seriously? Mayhem hopped into the cage and said “hey where’s my rematch buddy?” and that constitutes instigating a fight?
    What kind of a 5th grader made that up?!
    Its NEVER alright or ok to jump some dude even if he was “steppin tp your homie”
    Doesn’t matter the situation, period

  • JabCrossHook says:

    First of all if you can’t read or watch the “brawl” Shields and Gilbert PUSHED Miller away and nick then threw a punch. So Shields and Gilbert technically “started” the physical portion of the conflict. So your point is moot.

    Once again MAYHEM SHOULD NOT HAVE EVEN BEEN IN THE CAGE, its funny how you rag on Nick’s bad decisions but wtf was mayhem expecting to happen when he came in to rain on someone else’s parade with the Diaz brothers as their training partners. Shields just beat Hendo, if you want a rematch speak to scott coker after the event not to shields right after he beat hendo.

    It was broken up quickly so its not like he had any chance to throw anything else as Miller was being tackled and everyone else being broken up. So your point makes no sense.

    You also completely missed my point on fighting at a 180 catchweight is totally different than fighting at 185. Nick moving up to MW will screw with his body when he needs to fight at WW. You act like these fighters can just mess with their bodies when they jump weight class and when they return to their old weight class nothing will happen. Look at Shields when he cut to WW after fighting at MW for a while. Nick’s body right now is optimized to fight at WW where he’s the champion. And you still haven’t provided a good enough reason for Nick to go all the way up to MW.
    watch starting at 5:11

    Miller didn’t want to cut down to 181…what a joke.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Jabcross hook, I think you are right- Miller shouldnt have been in the cage that night, but somebody should have. My pick would have been Henderson. Point being that many many time we see the next challenger come to the ring after a title fight and the two pose for pics or stir up interest for the next fight–I even remember a time when Diaz did the exact same thing to then champion K J Noons and caused quite a riot. Nick is the one who threw the first punch regardless of who pushed who first he chose to start a feud and what I am saying is if he wants to finish it a catch weight bout is needed. Nick saying how hard it is is just the normal posturing for more money and good business on his part. As for a fight between the two I also think Diaz would win that one but it is on paper a pretty close fight.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Here’s a possible solution-

    Why doesn’t SF just take the DIAZ/ MAYHEM fight to JAPAN and just let them bang at whatever weight they like…. With no sanctioning regarding weight class restrictions, I guess SF would be free to schedule a bout with a weight differential…Don’t know if thats a big hurdle or not BUT it may be an answer to making the match happen…
    ( non-title of coarse).

  • JabCrossHook says:

    fan, I see your point but remember Shields was on his way out of SF to the UFC? So Miller wouldnt’ get a chance for a rematch, he knew that and was bitter about it and decided to ruin Shields’ victory.

    Also don’t feel bad that Hendo lost, he came to the fight with a back injury. A fully healthy Hendo would’ve demolished Jake Shields. But hey shit happens.

    Rece I like your idea though. It seems like the best possible solution.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    They dont even have to go to Japan, they can do it here on a reservation and pretty much make up there own weight classes.

  • Sykotick says:

    Miller jumping into thd ring isn’t a big deal, Evans did it after Page beat his teammate Keith Jardine, why didn’t they scrap it out?
    My point is moot? How so when people going into the ring to talk shit all the time yet it seems FOR SOME REASON it happened this time and when Nick jumped in after Noons beat Edwards.

    Miller IMO shouldn’t have to cut, he was jumped so it SHOULD be on his terms, again IMO.

    So because Gilbert and shields pushed miller and then he was talked, nothing else happened right? watch that,

  • JabCrossHook says:

    This situation is a lil bit different because Miller and Shields fought before. There was bitterness, he still shouldn’t have been in the ring. He had no point being there. Rashad was Jardine’s teamate, Miller isn’t training with Hedo. He wasn’t his teamate. Evans had a reason to be in the cage so I still don’t see the sense in your point.

  • Sykotick says:

    So because Miller and Shields fought before it wasn’t cool that Miller jumped in BUT it was cool that Team Gracie(aka team thuglife) jumped Miller?
    What about BJ when he hopped into the cage after GSP beat down Fitch?
    BJ lost to GSP before, and some say controversialy, (idk if that’s a word) what about then?
    BJ had already talk oodles of shit about GSP, why didn’t it happen then?
    Of course you’re gonna say “because its GSP, he is a good dude” so I’ll counter with well the Nashville happened because of course its Nick Diaz, he isn’t a good guy.
    I don’t like the dude (I’m sure by now you’ve noticed) but I don’t let my dislike of him blind me to his skills, much like with Sonnen, BJ, Lesnar, Machida and countless others.
    Now the reason I hark on nick with this issue is because he started it, yes Miller chimed in, yes Shields pushed him, BUT its common knowledg that Diaz threw the punch as evident in that video I posted.
    Shields didn’t have to push Miller, Miller didn’t have to get into the cage, but Nick SHOULDN’T have punched em, period.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Everyone contributed to that brawl in their own way. I don’t think Nick instigated the initial conflict. But he did escalate it, I’m not denying that.

    But to make Nick go up a weight class when he’s the SF WW champ because of his part in the brawl (as you said in the initial post) still doesn’t make sense to me. It doesn’t even make sense because Mayhem won’t even fight Diaz at 181, as Scott Coker said.

  • Sykotick says:

    Ok no more urls,
    Nick is saying he want a belt at 155, 170, and 185, so then why does e refuse when its Mayhem?

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He hasn’t refused sykotik. He has said he is willing to go up for the money he has said he is willing to fight him at a catch weight. He has never refused. He has offered a catch weight and they said no just like Franklin did not want to go up and down between weights when he fought Vitor.
    If you have 2 guys fighting in 2 different weight classes it is quite normal to fight at a catch weight. Like Smith-Diaz, Shamrock-Diaz, Franklin-Belfort, Wanderlei-Franklin etc. Diaz wants to move up to MW one day and stake a claim to that weight class but it is not only Mayhem that he has not moved up for it is also Smith and Shamrock. They were more willing to fight at a catch weight though.
    All of the post fight ring entrances you have named were scripted like Rashad even said. Mayhem burst into the ring and tried to get in Shields face and he got what anyone should for doing that, a beating. Perhaps next time they will think twice. You can’t have fighters storming the cage without permission all the time just because they want to jump the line. The UFC would have very strict rules on it and would and does only do it if it is planned.

  • RicM says:

    Okay guys,this arguement is just getting old and stale……here’s how it is……..
    1) Diaz is a champion of a weight division…that means he has to keep in a certain weight class to continue defending as champion….to mess with his weight means messing with his means of income (I’m talking long term here..not for just 1 fight).
    2)Miller has a certain “reputation” in MMA…as such he will never drop down to Diaz’s weight class due to the fact that a possible loss would tarnish the reputation he has cultivated over the last few years,and as a result would also mess with his means of income……..

    …..face it guys,the closest we will ever see to a Diaz/Miller fight is the fighting that is going on on this site…….this shit is getting old and tired… isn’t going to happen,so we should just really let this one go, and discuss things that are TRULY relevant in the MMA world…….

    …..seriously people, just……..let…..go……..

  • LiverPunch says:

    I’ll bet you it does happen by the end of the year RicM.
    With all the interest in Diaz and all the talk about the grudge match SF will push very hard for this and will pay handsomely for it.
    Diaz vs Mayhem will be one of 2011 biggest fights.

  • Sykotick says:

    Last one till the next thing we disagree on, which should be soon Mr. Logic.

    If you SERIOUSLY think any man deserves a beating outside of in a ring/cage or an act of cruelty such as rape murder or assault of a lesser person (not lesser by social status but by build I.e. Women and children) you need to reflect on your level of mature thinking, not meaning it in a bad way, just honesty.

    No ammount of “in his face-dom” deserves a beat down by a camp of fighters, period. I remember times on the football field where I or a teammate would make a hard tackle and the reciever/fullback/halfback/tightend/quarterback would get up and slam their helmet in my face and nothing went down, cuz even in highschool I had the common sense to not retaliate cuz there is a time and a place for it and on national TV isn’t the time.

    Till the next arguement,
    MMA Logic
    Catch yall next topic

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    You are one weird dude. Your mind does not work properly. How do you get that?. I am beyond words. I said that Mayhem (a fighter) got a beating for coming into the cage and picking a FIGHT and getting in Shields face. I said that hopefully he and others would think twice next time and for some really strange, weird reason you bring rape, murder and the physical abuse of women and children into it?!. What the FUCK are you talking about?. What the hell is wrong with you?.
    You are an idiot. I am happy to argue with you and I get pretty heated but you have taken this way too far.
    I log on and I get a fuckwit accusing me of approving of rape and the physical abuse of children. WOW!. I would ask 5 oz to do the right thing and remove that comment.
    What the hell is this talk about a lesser person?. Are you really sykotik? because you are freaking me out. Time for your medication.

  • Sykotick says:

    You’re failing to grasp what I’m saying Logic, I’m saying that no one deserves a beating unless said person commits one of the said despicable acts.

    I’m not saying you condone it or are ok with it I’m stating my opinion and that is that no matter what is done, no one deserves to catch a beating, unless you’re a fighter fighting in a cage or ring with your opponent or and abusive person, its not that I’m comparing what happened to miller with rape murder or child abuse, cuz its nothing like it I only brought those topics up because if those situations occur then the perp deserves an ass beating.
    Tis all I meant

  • Rece Rock says:

    This whole comment section should be ommitted…

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