Strikeforce Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Fighter Salaries: Barnett, Mousasi and Cormier Top Payroll


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Josh Barnett StrikeforceThe Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.

Tarec Saffiedine made the most of the final Strikeforce event, upsetting welterweight champion Nate Marquardt, likely solidifying a shot at competing in the UFC Octagon in the process.

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine took place Saturday, January 12, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.

Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

Strikeforce Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Fighter Salaries

Tarec Saffiedine: $39,000 (includes $19,500 win bonus)
def. Nate Marquardt: $40,000

Daniel Cormier: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Dion Staring: $8,000

Josh Barnett: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Nandor Guelmino: $12,000

Gegard Mousasi: $175,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mike Kyle: $25,000

Ronaldo Jacare Souza: $100,500 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $34,000

Ryan Couture: $22,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. KJ Noons: $41,000

Tim Kennedy: $80,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Trevor Smith: $8,000

Pat Healy: $42,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Kurt Holobaugh: $9,000

Roger Gracie: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Smith: $10,000

Adriano Martins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jorge Gurgel: $10,000

Estevan Payan: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Bravo: $6,000

Strikeforce Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,153,500

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