Shortly after scoring a TKO win over Marius Zaromskis at “Strikeforce – Miami”, newly crowned welterweight champion Nick Diaz informed viewers at home that he just wanted to eat. According to figures published by MMAJunkie it looks like Diaz should be able to afford enough munchies to satisfy his hunger for quite some time.
The Stockton native earned $100,000 for his efforts at the event and was only matched in salary by Robbie Lawler who took advantage of Miami’s nickname (“Magic City”) after sustaining a number of powerful strikes from opponent Melvin Manhoef and pulled a knockout out of his hat.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was football legend Herschel Walker. The Heisman Trophy winner was listed as having only been paid $600 for running over Greg Nagy in his professional debut. However, Walker donated the bulk of his actual pay to charity thereby resulting in the significantly small amount reported by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Here is a complete rundown of “Strikeforce – Miami” payment information made available including event-specific bonuses:
John Kelly: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Sabah Homasi: $1,000
Hayder Hassan: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Keenan: $2,000
Pablo Alfonso: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Marcos DaMatta: $2,500
David Gomez: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Craig Oxley: $1,500
Joe Ray: $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus) def. John Clarke: $1,000
Michael Byrnes: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. David Zitnik: $1,500
Jay Hieron: $65,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Joe Riggs: $30,000
Bobby Lashley: $50,000 def. Wes Sims: $25,000
Robbie Lawler: $100,000 def. Melvin Manhoef: $5,000
Herschel Walker: $600 def. Greg Nagy: $5,000
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $35,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus / $5,000 “championship” bonus) def. Marloes Coenen: $2,000
Nick Diaz: $100,000 def. Marius Zaromskis: $30,000