Strikeforce Evolution: Fighter Earnings

The fighter salaries (which doesn’t include sponsorship money and additional bonuses) for Strikeforce: Evolution have been announced today.

It shows that former middleweight champion Cung Le, who tasted defeat for the first time in Strikeforce, was the top earner, pocketing $150,000.

Jacare earned $65,000 for his debut for the promotion, with Scott Smith and Gilbert Melendez following closely behind with $55,000.

At the other end of the scale Daisuke Nakamura earned a paltry $200 for his undercard defeat, though it is likely he was paid an additional fee that is not recorded in this report.

See the full payout list below:

  • Scott Smith: $55,000 (no win bonus)
  • Cung Le: $150,000
  • Gilbert Melendez: $55,000 (no win bonus)
  • Josh Thomson: $30,000
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: $65,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
  • Matt Linland: $50,000
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
  • Mike Whitehead: $30,000
  • Antwain Britt: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
  • Scott Lighty: $5,000
  • Justin Wilcox: $5,000 (no win bonus)
  • Daisuke Nakamura: $200
  • Alex Crispim: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
  • A.J. Fonseca: $2,000


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