Salary information was recently released by the California State Athletic Commission. Henderson retained his lightweight title with a split-decision triumph over former Strikeforce ruler Gilbert Melendez ($175,000) in the evening’s main event. Mir meanwhile, lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier ($126,000) in the co-headliner.
Elsewhere on the main card, Josh Thomson ($95,000) become the first person to knock out Nate Diaz ($15,000), finishing the Cesar Gracie pupil 3:44 into the second round with a head kick and follow-up punches. Matt Brown ($60,000) began the Fox-broadcast portion of the event with a second-round stoppage of Jordan Mein ($16,000).
Other high earners on the card included Joseph Benavidez, who garnered $66,000 for his second-round knockout of Darren Uyenoyama ($12,000) and Strikeforce import Jorge Masvidal, who received ($60,000) after defeating Tim Means ($10,000) via unanimous decision.
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.
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