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:
KJ Noons: $ 65,000 ($35,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Billy Evangelista: $20,000
Noons defeated Evangelista via unanimous decision
Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Gabriel Salinas: $3,000
Cole defeated Salinas-Jones via unanimous decision
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.