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Champions past and present earn six-figure paydays at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley”

Nick Diaz has never been afraid of letting his opinion known, especially when discussing the need to increase pay in MMA with a specific focus on his own per-fight income. However, his cause may have taken a hit this week when the California State Athletic Commission released salary information for last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Daley” event with Diaz’s name planted firmly at the top of the list where amounts were concerned.

According to the CSAC, Strikeforce’s welterweight champ earned $175,000 for his exciting TKO of British bomber Paul Daley with less than ten seconds remaining in the opening round of their headlining bout. Daley made $65,000 respectively.

Also taking away a significant paycheck for his performance at the show, 155-pound champion Gilbert Melendez was paid $150,000 for his three-minute dismantling of Japanese MMA staple Tatsuya Kawajiri with “The Crusher” making $97,612.50 for the disappointing loss.

Finally, former light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi rounded out the list of six-figure payouts with $150,000 while opponent Keith Jardine earned $25,000 for filling in as a last minute replacement against the talented 25-year old.

Read below for a complete rundown of “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” salary information:

Casey Ryan – $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Paul Song – $750
Rolando Perez – $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Edgar Cardenas – $1,000
Herman Terrado – $1,500 (includes $500 win bonus) def. A.J. Matthews – $1,000
Joe Duarte – $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Saad Awad – $1,500
Virgil Zwicker – $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Brett Albee – $1,000
Robert Peralta – $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Hiroyuki Takaya – $2,740
Shinya Aoki – $73,637.50 def. Lyle Beerbohm – $10,000
Gegard Mousasi – $150,000 draws Keith Jardine – $25,000
Gilbert Melendez – $150,000 def. Tatsuya Kawajiri – $97,612.50
Nick Diaz – $175,000 def. Paul Daley – $65,000

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