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“Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” Salaries Are All Over the Place

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The California State Athletic Commission has released payout figures for Saturday’s Strikeforce event, with headliner Frank Shamrock taking home a full 58% of the $633,445 disclosed payroll. And it looks like Strikeforce had to severely underpay a few of its fighters to make up for F-Sham’s hefty purse. Also, they don’t seem to like round numbers. The salaries are below, with some thoughts after the jump…

– Frank Shamrock: $369,790
Scott Smith: $49,940 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Melendez: $49,890 (no win bonus)
Nick Diaz: $39,950 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Brett Rogers: $39,940 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
– Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos: $18,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
– Benji Radach: $16,940
Rodrigo Damm: $9,190
– Ron "Abongo" Humphries: $3,205
– Hitomi Akano: $1,450 (doesn’t include undisclosed extra cash from 11th-hour negotiations)

– Luke Rockhold: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Buck Meredith $1,540
– Eric Lawson $9,950 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Waylon Kennell $1,950
– Raul Castillo $6,890 (includes $3,500 win bonus) def. Brandon Michaels $1,500
– James Terry $3,940 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Zak Bucia $1,500
– Shingo Kohara $940 (no win bonus) def. Jeremy Tavares $940

Underpaid: No wonder Nick Diaz is so pissed off all the time — his to-show salary was just 8% of Frank Shamrock’s. As a headliner (and honestly, just as big an MMA star as Frank), Diaz should have earned at least double what he took home, but maybe there wasn’t any more money left in the coffers after Shamrock’s bloated salary was paid out. (Remember, Strikeforce only earned about $750,000 off the gate.) And can we talk about Hitomi Akano? Holy shit. They bring her in from Japan to get murdered by a woman who’s at least one weight-class above her (and turned out to be two), and they were going to pay her less than $2,000 for her troubles? I hope those final negotiations were fruitful, because that’s freakin’ criminal.

Overpaid: Yeah, I know Frank Shamrock has been carrying Strikeforce on his back for the last three years, but it’s time to start paying him market value, because he’s seriously affecting their profit margin. Plus, being a punching bag for a round-and-a-half shouldn’t entitle you to that much cash. Frank’s headliner days are coming to an end, and it might be time for a Vera-esque renegotiation.

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BackbaconBilly- April 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm
Its not that Frank was paid too much ( o.k it is,lol ) but that Diaz was paid too little in comparison. In actual fact no top ranked fighter should be makin much more than a few hundred grand for a fight,seriously its fuckin rediculous, you have a TON of unemployment and their are literally millions of poor bastards who won't even make 40G in a YEAR! time to get real.
I think Franks Marquee value just dropped BIG-TIME, he won't be getting no 3+ to lose anymore. And lets not even hear of a return match against Cung, Frank is finished as any kind of serious threat against top flight opponents.
Craig- April 16, 2009 at 6:53 am
Fights for 7 minutes ... yeah .. smart comment - you show a mind-boggling understanding of what's involved in that.
karmaatemycat- April 16, 2009 at 4:46 am
That shit is completely outragerous... I am severely disappointed in those numbers.... srsly..
diazfan- April 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm
I was watching to see Diaz I could care less about Frank, I would have watched Nick fight anyone.
The Silent Knight- April 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm
40G's ain't too bad in this economic climate. Shitttt. dude comes in, fights for 7 mins and makes 40G's? Hes lucky I don't punch him in the nuts, and through him a crinkly C Note.
Quasicholo- April 15, 2009 at 11:51 am
Looks like Strikeforce is taking a cue from Affliction and EliteXC. Keep this up, and we may finally see the UFC monopolize this whole fucking industry. We can only hope they pull their financial heads out of their asses. At least long enough for the Carano vs. Cyborg fight.
no mma gods- April 15, 2009 at 11:41 am
poor nick
i bet they pay him in weed too. lol
825IVER- April 15, 2009 at 11:39 am
Looks like Frank is business man 1st.

HOW TASTES MY PEE PEE- April 15, 2009 at 11:35 am
So, Nick DID end up tasting Francois' Pee Pee after all...
baby_eddie- April 15, 2009 at 11:21 am
harvey wippleman is a bad MF
google - April 15, 2009 at 11:03 am
The reason why Franks pay is so high is the same reason you watched this show. To see Frank, win or lose. If you say other wise, you are a fucking liar. Everybody tuned in to see Frank win, or some of us to see Frank get his ass beat, plane and simple. If Nick was fighting Harvey Wippelmen, who the fuck would have watched the show?
CrownedTerror- April 15, 2009 at 11:01 am
Any weed is better than no weed!
Mantooth- April 15, 2009 at 10:43 am
"Do you know how much weed you can buy with $40,000?...that's right, not enough!" says Nick Diaz.
Ur 2 Slow Shammay- April 15, 2009 at 10:21 am
You Get Paid WHat You NEgotiate. Period. Simple.
You Get Paid WHat You NEgotiate. Period. Simple.
You Get Paid WHat You NEgotiate. Period. Simple.
You Get Paid WHat You NEgotiate. Period. Simple.
You Get Paid WHat You NEgotiate. Period. Simple.

Clyde- April 15, 2009 at 10:17 am
Very true Bonk! And 10 grand bonus to santos for that ridiculous mis-match? I pray there's some serious compensation going Hitomi's way after the re-negotiation. Still, if you don't have to cut weight to make your division, and you're not a heavyweight, I'd consider moving (or in this case, staying) down honey.
Ur 2 Slow Shammay- April 15, 2009 at 10:16 am
How the hell did Frank Glamrock get nearly $370,000 to lose? All hype and all name, and no skills. Well, not any more....
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 15, 2009 at 10:02 am
That shit ain't cool homey. Whoever handled Diaz's Strikeforce contract should be motherfucking slapped in the face... bitch!
gesus- April 15, 2009 at 9:53 am
@ Imbecile:

completely agree. this is what is screwing over organizations...
gesus- April 15, 2009 at 9:51 am
u might as well have had frank sell the tickets and just pocket it if strikeforce would have deducted 100k from shamrock, the rest of the fighters would have gotten fair pay. it just seems to proportionally off...
Imbecile- April 15, 2009 at 9:43 am
What ever happened to prize fights where there was an actual "prize" they were fighting for? I get it that Frank Shamrock probably wouldn't show up if he weren't guaranteed a huge chunk, but I would like to see less show money for a big name like him, and a larger win purse up for grabs. It really sucks that a guy like Diaz beats a huge name in a fight that a large percentage of seemingly knowledgeable fight pundits figured he would lose, and all he gets is a win bonus that is 1/37th as big as what the person he beat got for just showing up.

What happened to the good old days where boxing would put up a massive win bonus for whoever came out on top? Why not pay Frank $100,000 to show up, and pay Diaz $50,000 to show, and put a $250,000 purse up for whoever wins the fight? That would put something big on the line every time there is a major fight, even if there is no belt involved. It would also encourage some of these fighters to take things more seriously, because you wouldn't see them come in lazy and undertrained if the majority of their money came from winning. I know they need some show money to cover training costs in case they lose, since they can't win them all. Just saying I would prefer more in win money and less in show money. It would make for better and more interesting fights.
LukeTheDuke- April 15, 2009 at 9:43 am
Dear Sponsors,
Thank you high profile corporate sponsors!
Now we can REALLY fuck fighters in the bum bum. (Without braces.)
- Strikeforce
Anonymous- April 15, 2009 at 9:28 am
is $940 actually worth the amount of work that goes into training for a fight, let alone for an organization like strike force. id understand if it was some event held in a ware house or a garage but come on, they can pay their fighters more than a grand. After all, shamrock lost and still made a over a third of a million.
rickfurious- April 15, 2009 at 9:04 am
deffinetlly wrong but remember those fighters get sponsors as well so all is not for lose plus theirs no telling how much was really paid to them.
Bonk!- April 15, 2009 at 8:57 am
Hitomi would have made more on Bully Beatdown.
ItburnswhenIpee- April 15, 2009 at 8:47 am
Fight for a purse, not a salary- winner gets the big numbers and loser gets the chump change. Might help some of these has-beens rethink their careers.