Strikeforce paydays and salaries for 'Evolution'

Money-alt_medium ( has received the fighter payouts for Strikeforce: "Evolution" from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for the Showtime event held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, on Dec. 19.

As expected, hometown favorite and former middleweight champion Cung Le was the big earner of the night. Despite getting stopped by Scott Smith in the third round of their main event bout, Le banked a cool $150,000 for his efforts.

His opponent, "Hands of Steel," took home $55,000 and division bragging rights.

DREAM import Ronaldo Souza choked $65,000 out of Matt Lindland, including a $10,000 win bonus and the second highest purse of the night. "The Law" was broken but still fined Strikeforce $50,000 for showing up.

Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson and Mike Whitehead all scored double digit fight purses, as did Muhammed Lawal -- though "King Mo" ended up giving some of it back.

Apparently the CSAC was not amused with his decision to pressure wash the cage floor with his Rockstar Energy drink. The flashy-but-effective Lawal took a 10-percent hit for his stunt.

And for those of you 9-5ers who think you're underpaid, Daisuke Nakamura was compensated a paltry $200 for his unanimous decision loss to Justin Wilcox. And yes, I called the commission to verify that wasn't a typo.

Here are all the Strikeforce: "Evolution" payouts:

Scott Smith: $55,000 (no win bonus)
Cung Le: $150,000
Smith defeated Le via technical knockout (strikes) in round three

Gilbert Melendez: $55,000 (no win bonus)
Josh Thomson: $30,000
Melendez defeated Thomson via unanimous decision

Ronaldo Souza: $65,000 ($55,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Matt Lindland: $50,000
Souza defeated Lindland via submission (arm triangle choke) in round one

Muhammed Lawal: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Mike Whitehead: $30,000
Lawal defeated Whitehead via knockout (strikes) in round one

Antwain Britt: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Scott Lighty: $5,000
Britt defeated Lighty via technical knockout (cuts) in round one

Justin Wilcox: $5,000 (no win bonus)
Daisuke Nakamura: $200
Wilcox defeated Nakamura via unanimous decision

Alex Crispim: $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
AJ Fonseca: $2,000
Crispim defeated Fonseca via unanimous decision

Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.

The total base fighter payroll for the event was $481,200. 14,749 spectators packed the HP Pavilion for a live gate of $633,674.50.

For complete results and coverage of "Evolution" click here and here.

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