Diaz Earns $50,000 at Oct. 9 Strikeforce

By Chris Nelson Oct 11, 2010
Nick Diaz (red gloves) vs. K.J. Noons: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com

Californians Nick Diaz and Josh Thomson topped the payroll for Strikeforce’s Oct. 9 “Diaz vs. Noons 2” event, with each earning a base salary of $50,000, according to figures released Monday by the California State Athletic Commission.

The defending Strikeforce welterweight champion, Diaz took a hard-fought five-round unanimous decision over challenger K.J. Noons, who earned $10,000 for his efforts. No win bonus was reported for Diaz, however the CSAC’s numbers do not include undisclosed “locker room” bonuses or other payouts which a promotion may issue.

Former lightweight champ Thomson won a controversial unanimous decision after going three rounds with Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, who netted $40,000 for his performance. Thomson was also not awarded a win bonus, according to the CSAC’s statistics.

Held at the HP Pavilion in Strikeforce’s hometown of San Jose, Calif., the event drew a reported 7,559 fans for a live gate of $528,446.50.

On the undercard, Marloes Coenen earned a conspicuously low $3,000 (including a $1,000 win bonus) for her 135-pound women’s title-claiming victory over Sarah Kaufman. The former champion took home $20,000 for the first loss of her career.

Unbeaten prospect Tyron Woodley knocked out jiu-jitsu whiz Andre Galvao less than two minutes into their welterweight contest, doubling Woodley’s $7,500 purse with a $7,500 win bonus. Galvao earned $10,000 in defeat.

Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2 payouts:
Nick Diaz -- $50,000 def. K.J. Noons -- $10,000
Josh Thomson -- $50,000 def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante -- $40,000
Marloes Coenen -- $3,000 (including $1,000 win bonus) def. Sarah Kaufman -- $20,000
Tyron Woodley -- $15,000 (including $7,500 win bonus) def. Andre Galvao -- $10,000
James Terry -- $3,000 (including $1,500 win bonus) def. David Marshall -- $1,500
Josh McDonald -- $3,000 (including $1,500 win bonus) def. Ron Keslar -- $1,500
Jess Bouscal -- $3,000 (including $1,500 win bonus) def. Luis Mendoza -- $1,500
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