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Strikeforce Payouts Prove You Can Still Get Your Bread Outside of the UFC

(‘Looks like we won’t be eating boiled down wallpaper this year, after all.’)

Tanking economy, you say?  Not in San Jose, brother.  The official fighter payouts for Strikeforce: Destruction tell a tale of a local MMA promoter that’s doing just fine, even if some of the figures are a little strange.  At least most of the Strikeforce fighters will be able to afford a Christmas now.  And not one of those shitty Christmases where you make homemade gifts and write each other poems and everyone has to pretend like a haiku about a mother’s love is just as cool as an Xbox.  No, a real Christmas.  With material goods and stuff!

Thanks, Strikeforce.  Go to hell, haiku.

Scott Smith: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Terry Martin: $20,000
Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Bobby Southworth: $20,000
Duane Ludwig: $32,500 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Yves Edwards: $12,000
Kim Couture: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Lina Kvokov: $1,500
Joe Riggs: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Luke Stewart: $10,000
Bobby Stack: $5,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Cyrillo Padilha: $2,000
Eric Lawson: $9,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Tony Johnson: $2,000
Kurt Osiander: $9,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Josh Neal: $1,550
Brian Schwartz: $28,000 (no win bonus)
Lamont Davis: $5,000
Luke Rockhold: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
Nik Theotikos: $2,000
Darren Uyenoyama: $5,000 (includes $2,5000 win bonus)
Brad Royster: $1,500
Alvin Cacdac: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jose Palacios: $3,000
Zakary Bucia: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Adam Steele: $1,000


Overpaid: I know what you’re thinking, a) who the hell is Brian Schwartz and why did he get twenty-eight grand just to show, and b) Kim Couture got ten thousand dollars for that mess?  To this I say, a) Schwartz is an ex-kickboxing champ, and this is only his second pro MMA fight, against the same dude who beat him in his first fight, so yes, he’s making more than he should in guaranteed cash, and b) I know, crazy, right?

Underpaid:  No glaring examples, but all the guys making less than two grand to show serve to remind us that trying to make it as a pro fighter is a tough life.  Somewhere in Vegas tonight a stripper will go home with roughly the same amount of cash as Adam Steele made to train his ass off for weeks and then get guillotined in the first round.  What’s worse, that stripper will go out and spend it all on purses and body glitter without ever giving it a second thought.  That ain’t right.

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Marmar- December 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm
James Irvin and Scott Smith, one dude that talks alot, and the other that can barley talk
KG- December 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm
I normally do not brag, but when I see these numbers it makes me feel good I went to school and started a successful business. I net around $1000 per day from my home office while my employees are working at the office. Sure, it is a small business (6 employees) but I live comfortably and never need to take a punch to the face.

I guess my point is, without a proper education fighters are in the same boat as strippers anyway. They make cash hoping for quick knockouts to get rich, and the strippers are looking to get knocked up by a rich guy to live a better lifestyle.. all because they decided not to take the easy way (although fighting is not "easy", it easier to fight than go to school and get a job to most fighters)
Wasting Money- December 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm
Me too. That's great. I guess that makes us pro fighters also.
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 12:50 pm
HOLY SHIT!! James Irvin in the background still has that cut under his eye!
fightfan- December 2, 2008 at 12:41 pm
It is amazing when you think of the payouts. That event had a "livegate" of somewhere around $320,000. They PAID the fighters a little over $300,000.....They paid NEARLY the ENTIRE event gate to the fighters??????

Imagine if the UFC did that. they bring in 3- 4 million, sometimes MORE on a typical event. They pay out in fighter salaries around 25% of that or close to a million. Strikeforce paid ALMOST 100% of the gate!!!!
Jay Smith- December 2, 2008 at 11:06 am
@ KG
Dude, your right. I missed that when I saw the picture. Wow..........poor bastard. That cut was MASSIVE. His expression even looks as if he is still affected by that ass whoopin.
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 10:46 am
Shit, I just got paid $1000 to read this insteading of doing work.
Than- December 2, 2008 at 10:16 am
Yeah too bad you get wonderbread in Strikeforce, while the UFC is handing out baguette.
C-Bus Allstar- December 2, 2008 at 10:01 am
What the fuck kind of nerdy shit is "Gift of the Magi"? Are you MMA writers or Magic: The Gathering geeks?
Cellar Kickboxing- December 2, 2008 at 9:43 am
Brian Schwartz is a very decorated and talented kickboxer. From what I know he also made very good money fighting in kickboxing (a sport that is very much lacking in $$) because he has an exceptional ability to promote himself. He gets sponsors on board and gets butts in the seats better than just about everybody.

Strikeforce is a regional powerhouse and they pay good money to local talent that helps to fill the stands. The fight was close to home for Brian and his gym and I'm sure the promoter saw him well worth the money due to his ability to bring in ticket revenue. This is a business and Strikeforce is spending money in to make money. I guarantee he has better drawing power in California than Kim Couture and most of the others on that card.
bfowlkes- December 2, 2008 at 9:38 am
@xocgx: Dude, did you just reference "Gift of the Magi" on Cage Potato?  Because that's awesome.  And people say MMA fans don't know stuff.  Well done, sir.  That may well earn you a "comment of the week" nomination.
xocgx- December 2, 2008 at 9:28 am
A real Xmas?

Not like the time I cut my long hair to buy Kimbo some medallion shine and he sold his Gold fist medallion to buy me a brush for my pretty hair.....we learned a lot of about real love and real WORK!
sodak- December 2, 2008 at 9:19 am
weird you did know what i was thinking. how the hell does kim coture make about the same as eves edwards cuz her husbands a good fighter? i don't get it.
shizznitt- December 2, 2008 at 9:17 am
i actually had a stripper tell me that last week

so i made up some names of people that go to her college and she pretended like she knew them rofl
KG- December 2, 2008 at 9:16 am
Is that James Irvin in the background of that pick with a nasty scar on his face from Anderson Silva? I remember him having a huge gash that looked like it would be a permanent scar, so it makes sense... I bet everytime he looks in his mirror he regrets stepping in the cage with the Spider
Farthammer- December 2, 2008 at 9:05 am
That's bullshit. The stripper is paying her way through college; everyone knows that.