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CSAC Releases Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Salaries and They Aren’t *Too* Bad

(“My suit? No, it’s not Mr. Big and Tall, it’s Brooks Brothers. I got a Zuffa corporate card now.”)

The California State Athletic Commission today revealed the salaries from last weekend’s Diaz vs. Daley event in Stockton, and for the most part the fighters from the card were pretty well compensated.

The top money-earner of the night was welterweight champ Nick Diaz who netted $175,000 for his beatdown of Paul Daley. For his effort, Daley took home $65,000. Tied for second place in the night’s salary rankings are Strikeforce lightweight kingpin Gilbert Melendez and former light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi who both took home $150,000 for their efforts. The disparity between the take-home pay of Melendez and Mousasi’s opponents was interesting. Tatsuya Kawajiri picked up $97,612.50 for eating a handful of Melendez’s “hellbows” while Keith Jardine made just $25,000 for taking Mousasi the distance.

Considering the fact that Keith Jardine stepped in on less than a week’s notice to take on “The Dreamcatcher,” and he fought the Armenian to a stalemate, you would think that he might take home more than $25,000, but it’s been that kind of a year for the former UFC fighter who was stiffed by Nemesis Fighting after his win over Francisco France in November. He made $55,000 for his last UFC appearance in June of last year.

Lyle Beerbohm is likely looking for a new manager today after he read that he made $63,000 less than his opponent Shinya Aoki and less than half as much as Jardine.

The biggest loser of the night was Paul Song who got paid $750 for his loss to Casey Ryan. The fight was Song’s third of his pro career and will likely be his last for a while as he also sustained an elbow injury in the bout, which he lost by triangle. If he doesn’t have insurance and the injury requires surgery, the experience of fighting for Strikeforce could end up costing him money.


Strikeforce Diaz vs Daley Salaries
Main Card

Nick Diaz: $175,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $65,000
Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Tatsuya Kawajiri: $97,612.50
Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no bonus) fought to a draw with Keith Jardine: $25,000
Shinya Aoki: $73,637.50 (no win bonus) def. Lyle Beerbohm: $10,000

Preliminary Card
Robert Peralta: $4,000 (including a $2,000 win bonus) def. Hiroyuki Takaya: $2,740
Virgil Zwicker: $3,000 (including a $1,000 win bonus) def. Brett Albee: $1,000
Joe Duarte: $2,000 (including a $1,000 win bonus) def. Saad Awad: $1,500
Herman Terrado: $1,500 (including $500 win bonus) def. AJ Matthews: $1,000
Rolando Perez: $3,000 (including a $1,000 win bonus) def. Edgar Cardenas: $1,000
Casey Ryan: $2,000 (including a $1,000 win bonus) def. Paul Song: $750

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PauliostheGreat- April 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Hey Diaz, a brand new Honda is only about 25K. Quit fucking complaining. You get paid to do something you supposedly love and spit in everyones face saying you don't get paid enough and your a slave to everyone around you. Get real, have fun getting KTFO in boxing. Is the ass whooping really worth getting "paid?"
Romanhelmut- April 16, 2011 at 7:39 am
Off chance they get a win bonus...still not enough to support the 8 kids and keep new tires on the trailer. As for the pussy....ruffies are a much easier/safer path to follow.
PERPATRAITOR- April 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm
They fight for win bonuses and pussy.
Romanhelmut- April 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Ohhh...forgot to say Coker looks like Qwato...the thing that comes out of Schwartzenegger's chest in "Total Recall"...
Romanhelmut- April 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Fuck...some of these salaries are crazy! Paul Song makes $750 bucks??!?! Where are they fighting? the parking lot of the local tittie bar?
blackboxmma- April 15, 2011 at 8:32 am
Nick Diaz will also be fucking brain damaged in 30 years. How much money is that worth
WaX- April 15, 2011 at 7:33 am
Hey Zuffa haters, you should realize these contracts are pre-Zuffa. So complain about Coker not paying his fighters. I would just prefer if you are going to complain you do it correctly.
Tuggernuts- April 15, 2011 at 7:30 am
Mousasi is Iranian. His nickname is the Dreamcatcher. Kinda like Paul Daley's moms nickname is the cum catcher
Fried Taco- April 15, 2011 at 7:18 am
Looks like the japanese fighters have there contracts in Yen, not dollars. Now Kawijiri is bragging he made 8 million for his fight.
iSay- April 15, 2011 at 7:10 am
So Nick Diaz gets to live his dream, has a job that he loves and gets paid 175k and complains about it? What does he think he alternatives are? Stop crying baby. If people like him got paid any more, they'd take the money and run.
Hesh to Steel- April 15, 2011 at 6:09 am
"how come mousasi made more money than jardine? how does this stuff work? he was even deducted a point for an illegal move. "

I'm pretty sure salaries are based on factors that are determined BEFORE the fight, and are usually based on contracts that the fighters have with the promotion. Nick Diaz's contract probably stipulates this much to show, but no bonuses. Contracts are based on what the fighters agent negotiates with the promotion, and are usually going to be based on drawing power. Win bonuses, KOTN, FOTN and SOTN bonuses are supposed to reward fighters for actual fight performance.
O Chan- April 15, 2011 at 5:52 am
What's up with $0.50 on the pay checks???
k-onda- April 15, 2011 at 5:46 am
@torxx/Sagan/AussieJosh, fuckin socialists, get back to Canada!
ExpectJesusBro- April 15, 2011 at 5:23 am
AussieJosh- April 15, 2011 at 4:42 am
Some dude got paid $750!? Is this a joke!? Anything under $5000 pre lim or not, UFC or Strikeforce! Is a fu%@ing JOKE!
Big Earl- April 15, 2011 at 3:17 am
how come mousasi made more money than jardine? how does this stuff work? he was even deducted a point for an illegal move.
Carl Sagan- April 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm
It seems self-defeating to make your up and coming talent struggle financially, when for a very nominal amount of money it could be a job WHERE THEY ACTUALLY EARN ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILY/DREAMS. If the dude who makes 4k on the under-card fights 4 times this year, he'll walk with 16,000 dollars. Below poverty level income. That's without paying his coaches/gym fees, gas, food, rent and diapers for his babies. For double that it could enough to where he doesn't have to live with his parents and owe his Dad 10k just to chase his dreams in the cage. And doubling EVERY SINGLE under-card fighter's show money would only cost about 35,000 more which is less than 5% of what all the main card fighters are making combined. The live gate more than covers that shit, and Papa Coker would still have enough to show off his watch to Bruce Buffer.
FrankShamrock- April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm
The undercard guys aren't supposed to make tons of money. They're fighting to make a name for themselves and prove they can rack up some wins, be promoted, and make the company some money. It's a business gentleman, not a charity. Last time I checked for every professional basketball or football player there are thousands of hopefuls working at carwashes and waiting tables waiting for a shot at making the big bucks someday.
PERPATRAITOR- April 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm
I love how the 209 is getting that green. I don't give a fuck who you are, those dudes are class. You can act proper on camera like some of these other fighters but at graciefighter they train each other constantly and treat this sport more professionally than they get credit for.
djp1988- April 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

- Dana White's fund to purge all global media of his "Aerobics Instructor" days - 27%
- Another Ferrari, because fuck you, that's why - 52%
- A Nintendo 3DS for Coker so he has something to do during Zuffa's Strikeforce - 3%
- Nick Diaz weed bonus - 3%
- Nick Diaz media clean up team -4%
- Undercard salary - 2%
- Gus Johnson's makeup / wardrobe budget - 9%
torxxx- April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm
wow that sucks the undercard fighters hardly get paid. Should be a 10k professional fight minimum. Zuffa can afford to throw out a lil cash. It might mean Dana doesn't get to be a new Ferrari every year now, but I'm sure he can deal with buying one every other year
Mike Russell- April 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm
Inside Gus Johnson joke, Spicymeatball. He called Mousasi Iranian during the fights Saturday night.
Spicymeatball- April 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm
@jimbonics Mousasi is Armenian hence why one of his nicknames is the ARMENIAN Assassin.
jimbonics- April 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Mousasi is Iranian, not Armenian.
Reverend_Clint- April 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm
diaz can't complain about his shitty honda now... fuck him