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Josh Thompson Napped His Way to $80,000 and Other Musings From ‘Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey’


(Nick Diaz was right! If you listen close enough, you can hear the ocean!)

Last weekend’s Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event gave us plenty to talk about, a rare feature of a Strikeforce card these days. Ronda Rousey officially became the most successful one trick pony of all time, Ronaldo Souza showed us that he is ever improving in the stand up department, and the Strikeforce matchmakers let Nazi pedophiles worldwide know that they could still earn a shot in the big time through hard work, *cough* rape *cough*, and dedication to your craft.

Nowadays, we all know that cash rules everything around us, so let’s first talk about the recently released salaries from this weekend’s “Tate vs. Rousey” card, as they are surprisingly generous for most parties involved. It’s good to know that all of Frank Shamrock’s hard work has paved the way for this new generation of fighters. Per usual, this list does not include any undisclosed/locker room bonuses or any of that noise.

Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Miesha Tate: $19,000

Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus)
K.J. Noons: $38,000

Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus)
Paul Daley: $45,000

Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Scott Smith: $65,000

Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
Bristol Marunde: $10,000

Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Alexis Davis: $4,000

Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Brandon Saling: $5,000

Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Caros Fodor: $12,000

Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus)
Conor Heun: $8,000

Overpaid: I don’t know who Josh Thompson’s agent is, but I’m pretty sure I want him to represent me in the brutal divorce that will inevitably sidetrack my yet to be determined future. Sure, he’s the former lightweight champion, but 80 grand? That’s more than their last event cleared in ticket sales for Christ’s sake. I’d say that Scott Smith was overpaid, but that money was more than likely severance pay, so I’ll back off.

Underpaid: How about the former women’s bantamweight champion, for starters?Nineteen thousand dollars for a headliner is ridiculous, no matter how you slice it. Meisha helped sell the shit out of that fight, and will barely be able to pay for the ensuing months of physical therapy with that measly payday. Also, poor Brandon Sailing. Taking home only five thousand dollars for his second round TKO loss to Roger Bowling, he won’t be able to afford that Adolf Hitler ski sweater he always wanted. That will buy a LOT of meth though.

Speaking of Meisha Tate’s mangled arm, check out the full list of medical suspensions from “Tate vs. Rousey” below. Somehow, Tate was able to walk away without a broken arm on Saturday, but was suspended indefinitely by doctors with a case of “Punctured Stretch Armstrong Elbow.” The rest of the suspensions were less hilarious in nature.

- Miesha Tate suspended indefinitely until cleared by orthopedist for left arm injury

- Kazuo Misaki suspended 45 days for stitches

- Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza suspended indefinitely for medical clearance on his hand

- Sarah Kaufman suspended 30 days for a rest period

- Alexis Davis suspended 30 days for stitches

- Roger Bowling suspended indefinitely until clearance for hand injury

- Brandon Saling suspended 30 days for TKO

- Pat Healy suspended 30 days for stitches

- Conor Heun suspended 30 days for TKO loss, also suspended indefinitely for medical clearance on hand and stitches

We’re not quite sure as to the extent of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s hand injury, but will keep you updated as we are made aware.

-J. Jones

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J-Dog- March 6, 2012 at 8:06 am
I think there should be a bump up in pay when a lower pay-grade fighter fights a marquee fighter. It's kind of ridiculous when you see these spreads, up to 7x in this case. If I'm pretty new but I'm so damn good that I get booked to fight Jon Jones, I should get more than $6,000 when he gets his six-figure payday... and yes, I should get more just because I got the opportunity to get KO'ed by His Excellency, not because I'm a huge draw. If it wasn't for Fighter B, Fighter A would have no one to fight, even if A is a huge draw and B is a no-name. It should mean a huge payday for any fighter who gets to fight the huge payday guys.
Lesnarischamp- March 6, 2012 at 6:37 am
any possibility they give Healy the next LW title shot over Thomson?
Mr_Misanthropy- March 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm
It's not raPe as long as you yell surprise when you jump out of the bushes. It's just surprise sex.
J. Jones- March 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm
Thanks Rex. Cheers.
ReX13- March 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm
this may be the best salary recap ever.
The12ozCurls- March 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Touche Jones
J. Jones- March 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm
@12oz
It is common knowledge that BG owns Third Reich Depot. Therefore, it cannot be considered offensive by anyone.
Sloppyspray- March 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Whoever is getting a PPV bonus from that event has a damn good agent!
SWORDSfor400- March 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Poor Alexis Davis, How would you like to look in the mirror after a fight like that and know a Nazi who raped a kid and has had no formal training got paid more that you
The12ozCurls- March 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm
And J. Jones - you probably shouldn't be linking people to a Nazi merchandise company through CP -- pretty offensive and probably grounds for some sort of repremanding from the higher ups -- just sayin
El Guapo- March 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Pay-per-whatnow?
The12ozCurls- March 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm
"Sarah Kaufman suspended 30 days for a rest period"
I bet her husband is pissed. 30 days is a long period.
nesbitt- March 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm
scott smith has gotta have just about the best agent in the game.
mtnthc- March 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm
You forgot to mention, Dana White shit a golden egg after the Tate\Rousey fight and mentioned something about Zuffa keeping women's mma around.
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