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“Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” Salaries: Melendez, Mousasi Each Earn $150K

Gilbert MelendezStrikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and former light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi each earned $150,000 for their respective wins this past Saturday to top the $580,000 payroll for “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.”

The Showtime-televised event took place on Dec. 17 in San Diego, California and included Melendez outpointing Jorge Masvidal in the main event to retain his belt, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg knocking out Hiroko Yamanaka in just 16-seconds, and decision wins by Mousasi and KJ Noons.

The complete salaries for the main card were:

  • Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
  • Cris “Cyborg” Santos: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
  • Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Ovince St. Preux: $17,000
  • KJ Noons: $65,000 ($30,000 win bonus) def. Billy Evangelista $20,000

The event drew an attendance of just 2,995 for a live gate of $154,075, while 460,000 viewers tuned in on Showtime.

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Pictured: Gilbert Melendez


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