("Guess who can afford a new car now motherfuckers?")
The California State Athletic Commission released the salary, attendance and live gate figures today for last weekend’s Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg event that was held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose Saturday night.
Topping the list of money earners for the event was Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz who made $150,000 followed by middleweight champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza who earned $85,000. The pair took home a combined $235,000 — more than half of the disclosed $463,500 payroll for the show, whose live gate amounted to $533,214.50.
Attendance for the show topped off at 9,059, with 8,817 of those being paid attendees and 231 who received comped tickets from the promotion.
To give a better idea of what those numbers mean, UFC 125, which generated the second lowest number of total ticket sales of any numbered UFC event, took place on January 1 in Las Vegas and attracted 12,874 attendees, generating a $2.17 million live gate from 6,978 12,874 tickets sold (5,896 were comped). Thiago Silva ($110,000) topped the reported $872,000 payroll for that show followed closely by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar ($102,000).
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg
Saturday, January 29, 2010
San Jose, California
Live Gate: $533,214.50
Total Payroll: $463,500
Total Attendance: 9,059
Total Paid Attendance: 8,817
Champ Nick Diaz: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos: $20,000
Champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza: $85,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Lawler : $65,000
Herschel Walker: $5,000 (no win bonus)
def. Scott Carson: $5,000
Roger Gracie: $75,000 (no win bonus)
def. Trevor Prangley: $30,000
Nate Moore: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
def. Nathan Coy: $3,000
Isaiah Hill: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Bobby Stack: $1,500
Ron Keslar: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Eric Lawson: $1,500
Germaine de Randamie: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Stephanie Webber: $1,000
James Terry: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Lucas Gamaza: $1,500
Jenna Castillo: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Charlene Gellner: $1,000
*these numbers do not include non-disclosed "back room bonuses."