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Strikeforce ‘Rockhold vs. Jardine’ Salaries: Robbie Lawler Knows How to Get Paid

(“Really? That’s it?”)

The Nevada State Athletic Commission  released the salary amounts from Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and it appears that Robbie Lawler was the big winner of the night, taking home more than a quarter of the night’s $566,000 in total purses.

Lawler was paid a flat rate of $150,000 for his first-round TKO over Adian Amagov.

To put things into perspective, the total purse for UFC 141 was $1369714.28, or nearly two-and-a-half times as much.

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal picked up the second highest paycheck of the night with $95,000 for his second round KO of Lorenz Larkin, while middleweight champ Luke Rockhold netted the night’s third highest amount with $90,000, including a $25,000 win bonus, for his first-round drubbing of Keith Jardine.

Tyron Woodley, whose conservative lay and pray victory over Canadian Jordan Mein, took home $60,000 for his non-performance — half of which was made up of a win bonus.

Check out what the other fighters on the card were paid:

Strikeforce ‘Rockhold vs. Jardine’
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, January 2, 2012

Luke Rockhold: $90,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Keith Jardine: $30,000

Robbie Lawler: $150,000
Adlan Amagov: $10,000

Muhammed Lawal: $95,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Lorenz Larkin: $17,000

Tyron Woodley: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Jordan Mein: $9,000

Tarec Saffiedine: $31,000 (includes $15,500 win bonus)
Tyler Stinson: $4,000

Nah-Shon Burrell: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
James Terry: $9,000

Gian Villante: $20,000 (Includes $10,000 win bonus)
Trevor Smith: $4,000

Ricky Legere Jr.: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Christopher Spang: $6,000

Estevan Payan: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Alonzo Martinez: $5,000

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Todd M- January 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm
@ Danga, Mauro surpassed decency right into the realm of uber hipster.
Man at this point if you are a middle of the pack fighter you are better off calling out Strikeforce guys and seeing if you can make some paper over there.
roughouse- January 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm
Even in UFC Keith Jardine gets paid crap. Whats up with that?
McLuvin- January 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Is it just me or does Pat Militech hate Mauro and Frank? They have to be the worst announcing team in MMA!
FightZen- January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm
That hand looks suspiciously like Jens Pulver's...
Anhonestmoose- January 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm
Reminds me of what UFC payrolls looked like 5-6 years ago.
Lesnarischamp- January 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm
SF really had to cough up cash to get fighters to choose them over the UFC, so the "top" Strikeforce fighters get noticeable more than the mid-range UFC guys.

I imagine that'll probably change when these old contracts start to expire. They'll shuttle them to the UFC or look for them to take a paycut.
Kaboom82- January 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Mauro and Frank Shamrock just get to split the tip jar with the wait staff and busboys.
DangadaDang- January 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm
It couldn't have been that much. I mean, the guy can't even afford a decent hat to cover that goofy noggin of his.
Joedirt- January 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm
By the time these fighters pay their team, coaches, gym fees, supplements and meds, taxes, gear etc... they don't make much really. Considering they're lucky to get more than 2 fights on a televised card annually. Short careers don't help.
MediocreThreat- January 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm
How much did Mauro Ranallo get paid?
Get Off Me- January 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Rockhold and Lawal would have made a third of their money if they fought in the UFC. Comparing UFC 141(PPV) makes it look like SF pays very little, but go back to the Bisping/Miller card if you want a clearer picture.
Hendo's contract with SF vs what the UFC was offering after UFC 100 should be noted as well.
XENOPHON- January 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Which Zuffa company pays more to the average fighter?
Does FOX or Showtime augment any portion of a fighters pay?
Xanderschultz- January 9, 2012 at 11:43 am
Lawler must be the highest paid guy in MMA compared to others who are ranked in the same ballparks as him. (20th?) Its hard for some top 5 guys to get paid like that.