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“Strikeforce: Evolution” Fighter Salaries: Le Tops Payroll With $150K; “King Mo” Fined

Cung LeFormer Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le scored an event-high $150,000 for his main event loss to Scott Smith at Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” in San Jose, California, according to salaries released on Monday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Other top earners for “Evolution” included Smith, who earned $55,000 for his come-from-behind knockout of Le in the Showtime-televied headliner, as well as main card winners Gilbert Melendez ($55,000) and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ($65,000).

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal earned $20,000 for his victory over Mike Whitehead, but was fined 10% of his purse by the CSAC for dousing the cage with Rockstar Energy Drink following the win.

“Evolution” drew 14,749 fans to the HP Pavilion Center in San Jose for a live gate of nearly $634,000. The event’s fighter salaries totaled $480,200.

The officially-reported salaries for Strikeforce: Evolution were:

  • Scott Smith ($55,000 – no win bonus) def. Cung Le ($150,000)
  • Gilbert Melendez ($55,000 – no win bonus) def. Josh Thomson ($30,000)
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ($65,000 – includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Matt Lindland ($50,000)
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal ($20,000 – $10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Whitehead ($30,000)
  • Antwain Britt¬† ($10,000 – $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Lighty ($5,000)
  • Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. Daisuke Nakamura ($200)
  • Alex Crispim ($4,000 – $2,000 win bonus) def. A.J. Fonseca¬† ($2,000)

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