Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has released its list of salaries and payouts for those fighters competing at last weekend's Strikeforce event in Oklahoma City. Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier, Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza all made bank.
Say what you want about Josh Barnett, the man knows how to make money.
"The Warmaster" was the top earner at last Saturday night's (Jan. 12, 2013) Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" event from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, taking home an event-high $250,000 for his first round submission over Austrian lamb Nandor Guelmino.
That's more than Cain Velasquez made for winning the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 155 last month in Las Vegas.
Streaking light heavyweight contender Gegard Mousasi also bagged boku bucks, pulling in $175,000 for beating the brakes off the now-retired Mike Kyle. Other fighters making triple digits were Daniel Cormier ($120,000) and Ronaldo Souza ($105,000).
Here are the complete Strikeforce payouts and salaries for "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" (via MMA Weekly):
Tarec Saffiedine: $39,000 ($19,500 to show, $19,500 to win)
Nate Marquardt: $40,000
Saffiedine def. Marquardt via unanimous decision
Daniel Cormier: $120,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 to win)
Dion Staring: $8,000
Cormier def. Staring via technical knockout
Josh Barnett: $250,000 (no win bonus)
Nandor Guelmino: $12,000
Barnett def. Guelmino via submission
Gegard Mousasi: $175,000 (no win bonus)
Mike Kyle: $25,000
Mousasi def. Kyle via submission
Ronaldo Souza: $100,500 ($72,500 to show, $28,000 to win)
Ed Herman: $34,000
Souza def. Herman via submission
Ryan Couture: $22,000 ($15,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
K.J. Noons: $41,000
Couture def. Noons via split decision
Tim Kennedy: $80,000 ($55,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Trevor Smith: $8,000
Kennedy def. Smith via submission
Pat Healy: $42,000 ($27,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Kurt Holobaugh: $9,000
Healy def. Holobaugh via unanimous decision
Roger Gracie: $94,000 ($47,000 to show, $47,000 to win)
Anthony Smith: $10,000
Gracie def. Smith via submission
Adriano Martins: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
Martins def. Gurgel via unanimous decision
Estevan Payan: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Mike Bravo: $6,000
Payan def. Bravo via technical knockout
The total disclosed payroll was $1,153,500.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as PPV bonuses, among others. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For complete Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.