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Champions past and present earn six-figure paydays at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley”

Nick Diaz has never been afraid of letting his opinion known, especially when discussing the need to increase pay in MMA with a specific focus on his own per-fight income. However, his cause may have taken a hit this week when the California State Athletic Commission released salary information for last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Daley” event with Diaz’s name planted firmly at the top of the list where amounts were concerned.

According to the CSAC, Strikeforce’s welterweight champ earned $175,000 for his exciting TKO of British bomber Paul Daley with less than ten seconds remaining in the opening round of their headlining bout. Daley made $65,000 respectively.

Also taking away a significant paycheck for his performance at the show, 155-pound champion Gilbert Melendez was paid $150,000 for his three-minute dismantling of Japanese MMA staple Tatsuya Kawajiri with “The Crusher” making $97,612.50 for the disappointing loss.

Finally, former light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi rounded out the list of six-figure payouts with $150,000 while opponent Keith Jardine earned $25,000 for filling in as a last minute replacement against the talented 25-year old.

Read below for a complete rundown of “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” salary information:

Casey Ryan – $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Paul Song – $750
Rolando Perez – $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Edgar Cardenas – $1,000
Herman Terrado – $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus) def. A.J. Matthews – $1,000
Joe Duarte – $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Saad Awad – $1,500
Virgil Zwicker – $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Brett Albee – $1,000
Robert Peralta – $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Hiroyuki Takaya – $2,740
Shinya Aoki – $73,637.50 def. Lyle Beerbohm – $10,000
Gegard Mousasi – $150,000 draws Keith Jardine – $25,000
Gilbert Melendez – $150,000 def. Tatsuya Kawajiri – $97,612.50
Nick Diaz – $175,000 def. Paul Daley – $65,000

  • Dufresne says:

    $97,612.50 and $73,637.50???

    I’m assuming there’s some sort of fee taken out or some other reason why they’ve got such a random ass number for pay when everyone else has a nice, clean amount on their checks.

  • qat says:

    I guess their contract runs with Yen, and this is the approximated Dollar-figure.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Apparently that’s not enough for nick cause he’s starting the boxing talk again and saying SF has got nothing for him and everyone ranked above him don’t wanna fight him anyway… Yadda yadda blah blah, this guy is so hard to even begin to like… don’t try and use these bullshit tactics to get Zuffa to make a move cause they will call your bluff stoner…

  • gy614x says:

    Nick Diaz is a god damn joke, he’s a great fighter yeah, but dude really??? If you hate your $175,000 paycheck so much, go to school and be a doctor or some shit (scary thought isn’t it?).

    I mean really dude, if you fought 3 times a year at that salary you’d be raking in over $500 grand. Sorry if thats not enough to feed your…oh yeah, you don’t have a family to feed.

    How’s that for a rant?

  • MCM says:

    Isn’t Aoki the face of Japanese MMA? Why is making 24k less than the guy he just beat?

    Paul Song – $750. I honestly didn’t think SF paid this poorly. I know their not the UFC, but I thought they paid more than the local shows, even for the prelims. Here’s hoping that with all the talent getting closer to being under one roof, we can finally get a fighters union.

  • stone says:

    Diaz… WINNING!… DuH… *Charlie Sheen voice*


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