MMAWeekly.com has obtained the fighter salary information from the California State Athletic Commission for Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II, featuring Nick Diaz and K.J. Noons in the main event. The event took place on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
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.
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS:
-Nick Diaz: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons $10,000
-Josh Thomson: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $40,000
-Marloes Coenen: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Sarah Kaufman: $20,000
-Tyron Woodley: $15,000 (includes $7,500 win bonus) def. Andre Galvao: $10,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS:
-James Terry: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. David Marshall: $1,500
-Josh McDonald: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Ron Keslar: $1,500
-Jess Bouscal: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Luis Mendoza: $1,500
STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS. NOONS II FIGHTER PAYROLL: $211,500
Seems a bit low for the top fighter's, doesn't it?