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Josh Barnett tops Strikeforce Grand Prix Final payroll

Josh Barnett may not have come out with a win inside the ring this past Saturday night but he definitely scored a victory when it came to the size of his paycheck. Despite losing to Daniel Cormier at the Strikeforce Grand Prix Final, “The Warmaster” still picked up an event-high $200,000.

Comparably, Cormier earned $100,000 including a $50,000 win bonus, while Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez took home $175,000.

The figures were confirmed by MMAWeekly with the California State Athletic Commission.

Read below for a full rundown of salary information:

• Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $ 50,000 win bonus)
• Josh Barnett: $200,000
• Gilbert Melendez: $ 175,000 (no win bonus)
• Josh Thomson: $90,000
• Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
• Mike Kyle: $25,000
• Chris Spang: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
• Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000
• Isaac Vallie–Flagg: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
• Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $18,000
• Carlos Inocente: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
• Virgil Zwicker: $3,000
• Gian Villante: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
• Derrick Mehman: $3,000
• Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
• Yuri Villefort: $2,500
• Bobby Green: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
• James Terry: $9,000


  • AlphaOmega says:

    My friend says that after the war Cormier and Barnett put on they both should be brought over to the UFC

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Too bad they didn’t get any OTN bonuses….

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Their total gate revenue, as per the CSAC disclosure was $226k plus change.

    They barely covered Barnett’s salary. This is not good.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    the place really didn’t look to full at all… i don’t know why it’s so difficult to promote a decent card with good fighters on it…Shit get some college kids to do an internship and bombard the internet with Social media marketing… get the word out there.

    it’s a shame that showtime didn’t want more input from Zuffa on production because it would have led to DW & Co. caring more about ratings and everything else… now it’s up to showtime and Cokers crew to push the product and that’s not working.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I simply do not understand how Strikeforce is still in business. Is Showtime fronting them a bunch of money? Are they providing any sort of return to Showtime, or just burning money? I’m no financial analyst, but here are the last few gate returns:

    Rockhold -vs- Jardine – $68,805
    Melendez -vs- Masvidal – $154,075
    Fedor -vs- Henderson – $638,470
    Overeem -vs- Werdum – $543,060

    Without doing some more digging, I am still confident they didn’t break-even on disclosed salaries for a single one of those events.

    Someone, please explain to me how Strikeforce is still in business? I’m glad their fighters — for the most part — are making good money, but there is no way this is sustainable.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    One man’s opinion, but I think Strikeforce is winding down. If they can’t get decent money from the finale of their heavyweight grand prix tournament, there isn’t any gas left in the tank. I’ll bet there’s some sort of formal announcement within a month or two.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Another source of income is the cage sponsorships we see around the mat and the cage fence pads… don’t know what that brings in but I’m sure sponsorship isn’t cheap for a televised card.

    But you are correct I have no idea how they keep there heads above water.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    They promoted the hell out of the fight during the prelims, but the problem there is that people who didn’t know about it probably wouldn’t of watched showtime sports at that exact moment. I wonder if showtime/SF just doesn’t want to buy spots on other channels

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