While Strikeforce may seemingly be struggling to maintain its standing as a promotion it seems a number of its athletes aren’t, at least on the financial front. According to figures released today by the Ohio Athletic Commission, all four Strikeforce Grand Prix semifinalists brought home six-figure salaries and number of other fighters earned very respectable paychecks as well.
Topping the list of take-home pay, Josh Barnett made $150,000 for his first round submission of Sergei Kharitonov who comparably got a hundred grand for the showing. Matching Kharitonov’s $100k payday were Antonio Silva and Daniel Cormier with the latter being assisted by a $50,000 win bonus for beating the big Brazilian.
Other notable sums include $85,000 for Muhammed Lawal, only $5,000 more than Roger Gracie earned despite having lost their bout, and $60,000 for preliminary card competitor Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
Here is a complete list of “Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov” salaries as reported by the OAC:
Dominique Steele: $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Chris Mierzwiak: ($3,000)
Alexis Davis: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Amanda Nunes: ($7,500)
Jordan Mein: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: ($20,000)
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Yoel Romero Palacio: ($10,000)
Mike Kyle: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima: ($5,000)
Pat Healy: $17,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Maximo Blanco: ($13,000)
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: $85,000 (no win bonus) def. Roger Gracie: ($80,000)
Luke Rockhold: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: ($70,000)
Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Antonio Silva: $100,000
Josh Barnett: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Sergei Kharitonov: $100,000
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE