Barnett Leads Strikeforce Salaries with $150,000 Payday

By Staff Sep 12, 2011
Heavyweight Josh Barnett took home an event-high $150,000 for his win over Sergei Kharitonov in the titular headliner of Saturday’s Strikeforce “Barnett vs. Kharitonov.” obtained the show’s payroll information Monday from the Ohio State Athletic Commission.

The victory at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Barnett’s eighth straight, moved the 33-year-old “Warmaster” on to the final of Strikeforce’s 2011 heavyweight grand prix. Kharitonov, who capitulated to an arm-triangle choke at 4:28 of the opening round, pocketed $100,000.

Also advancing to the tournament final was unbeaten Olympic wrestling convert Daniel Cormier, who stunned Brazilian “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva with a first-round knockout. Cormier earned $100,000 (including a $50,000 win bonus) for the biggest win of his young career, while Silva netted the same amount in defeat.

The evening’s other top earners included “King” Mo Lawal ($85,000), who punched out Roger Gracie ($80,000); former middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ($70,000) and his successor, Luke Rockhold ($50,000); and ex-light heavyweight titlist Rafael Cavalcante ($60,000).

As always, salaries disclosed by state athletic commissions do not account for deductions such as licensing fees or taxes, nor do they reflect any sponsor pay or discretionary bonuses which a promoter may award.

Strikeforce ‘Barnett vs. Kharitonov’ salaries:

Josh Barnett: $150,000

Sergei Kharitonov: $100,000

Daniel Cormier: $100,000
(Includes $50,000 win bonus)

Antonio Silva: $100,000

Luke Rockhold: $50,000
(Includes $25,000 win bonus)

Ronaldo Souza: $70,000

Muhammed Lawal: $85,000

Roger Gracie: $80,000

Pat Healy: $17,500
(Includes $5,000 win bonus)

Maximo Blanco: $13,000

Mike Kyle: $44,000
(Includes $22,000 win bonus)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000

Rafael Cavalcante: $60,000
(Includes $30,000 win bonus)

Yoel Romero Palacio: $10,000

Jordan Mein: $16,000
(Includes $8,000 win bonus)

Evangelista Santos: $20,000

Alexis Davis: $6,000
(Includes $3,000 win bonus)

Amanda Nunes: $7,500

Dominique Steele: $5,000
(Includes $2,000 win bonus)

Chris Mierzwiak: $3,000


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