Strikeforce 'Melendez vs Masvidal' payouts: Gilbert Melendez, Gegard Mousasi earn event-high $150,000 apiece

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Strikeforce fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Melendez vs. Masvidal" event this past Saturday night (Dec. 17, 2011), which aired on Showtime from the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif., were released to MMAmania.com this evening by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

Unsurprisingly, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez led the payout pack, earning $150,000 for his five-round unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of the evening.

"El Nino" was adamant after the fight that he could compete against the cream of the crop in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound division; however, he might want to reconsider based on his payday, which was $48,000 more than the base salary that Frankie Edgar took home for his performance at UFC 125 earlier this year.

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi was also rewarded handsomely for his 15 minutes of work, defeating Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision to inch himself closer to another championship opportunity.

That's not all.

Here is the complete list of Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal" salaries and payouts:

Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
Melendez defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision

Cristiane Santos: $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)
Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
Santos defeated Yamanaka via knockout in round one

Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Ovince St. Preux: $17,000
Mousasi defeated St. Preux via unanimous decision

KJ Noons: $ 65,000 ($35,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Billy Evangelista: $20,000
Noons defeated Evangelista via unanimous decision

Caros Fodor: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Justin Wilcox: $12,000
Fodor defeated Wilcox via knockout in round one

Roger Bowling: $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Jerron Peoples: $2,000
Bowling defeated Peoples via knockout in round one

Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Gabriel Salinas: $3,000
Cole defeated Salinas-Jones via unanimous decision

Eddie Mendez: $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
Mendez defeated Gonzalez via split decision

Herman Terrado: $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Chris Brown: $3,000
Terrado defeated Brown via submission (armbar) in round three

The total disclosed payroll for Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal" was $580,000.

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.

For complete Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal" results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.

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