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Strikeforce Salaries Released for “Melendez vs. Thomson”

The CSAC has released official salary figures for last Friday’s “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson” event; Gilbert Melendez topped the money list despite being used as a punching bag by “The Punk” for five rounds. Here are the numbers:

Josh Thomson: $35,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Melendez: $50,000
Billy Evangelista: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Nam Phan: $10,000
Bobby Southworth: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Anthony Ruiz: $200 (Ruiz received the majority of his purse as an advance)
Miesha Tate: $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus)
Elaina Maxwell: $4,000
Jeremiah Metcalf: $8,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Raymond Daniels: $10,000
Chris Cariaso: $6,000 (no win bonus)
Anthony Figueroa: $5,000
Bobby Stack: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jose Palacios: $3,000
Brian Caraway: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Alvin Cacdac: $3,000
Cyrillo Padilha: $2,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
Jesse Jones: $2,000
Jorge Interiano: $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus)
Travis Johnson: $2,000
Alexandre Trivino: $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus)
Eric Jacob: $1,000
Eric Lawson: $8,000 (includes $1,000 stoppage bonus)
Jesse Gillespie: $3,500
Total payroll: $203,200
Live gate revenue: $355,487 from 7,288 spectators

Underpaid: Miesha Tate, who needs to immediately fire her agent and hook up with whoever’s handling Gina Carano‘s career. She’s a hot chick who can kick ass — $1,000 to show is fuggo money, kid.

Overpaid: Raymond Daniels. I know I’m not the only one who was disgusted by his grandstanding entrance/psyche-up, not to mention that he seemingly came into the match with the attitude that he didn’t need to learn takedown defense or ground-fighting. He got a much-needed beating, to be sure, but he didn’t earn that $10,000 consolation prize.

Related: Over at MMA Payout, Kelsey Philpott argues for a UFC minimum base salary of $10,000 per fight. I’ve been saying that for months, but Philpott actually takes the time to explain why that figure works, and why it’s necessary. Definitely worth a read.

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Miesha Tate- March 23, 2009 at 11:17 pm
That was the pay I had to take to get recognized. I know it was shitty but I knew I could beat her, they wouldn't give me more... it was either take that and a shot at fame or they would find someone else.....but I won't fight for that again And I won't have to ;)

This is Miesha incase you haven't figured that out
gracies suck ass- July 1, 2008 at 7:36 pm
go take that 500 win bonus and invest it in something nice, like a agent who can get you fights that don't force you to continue recieving welfare.
killaskinz- July 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm
Anthony Ruiz: $200 ... haha damn and u thought UFC was bad
CityBoxingSanDiego- July 1, 2008 at 7:25 pm
Oh and by the way... Congrats Josh you are a stand-up person and you looked absolutely fantastic in that fight bro.
CityBoxingSanDiego- July 1, 2008 at 7:22 pm
I can't believe how much Raymond Daniels was paid compared to the real MIXED martial artists on the card. I love the fact that he was dragged to the ground and submitted. You would think that in this new age of MMA that people would understand the need of understanding the ground game. Put as much effort into some BJJ as you did your intro Raymond and you might be successful.