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atomdanger
04-15-2009, 12:57 AM
http://mmajunkie.com/news/14577/strikeforce-shamrock-vs-diaz-salaries-frank-shamrock-earns-xx.mma


Nick Diaz: $39,950 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Frank Shamrock: $369,790

Gilbert Melendez: $49,890 (no win bonus)
def. Rodrigo Damm: $9,190

Scott Smith: $49,940 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Benji Radach: $16,940

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos: $18,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hitomi Akano: $1,450

Brett Rogers: $39,940 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Ron "Abongo" Humphrey: $3,205

Luke Rockhold: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Buck Meredith: $1,540

Eric Lawson: $9,950 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Waylon Kennell: $1,950

Raul Castillo: $7,890 (includes $3,500 win bonus)
def. Brandon Michaels: $1,500

James Terry: $3,940 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Zak Bucia: $1,500

Shingo Kohara: $940 (no win bonus)
def. Jeremy Tavares: $940


Wow... how do some of these guys afford to fight for a living? 940 bucks?
and WTF, over paid fighter of the year went from last years Kimbo to this years Frank Shamrock jeez

Vizion
04-15-2009, 02:39 AM
Nick Diaz: $39,950 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Frank Shamrock: $369,790:yikes: Must be nice for 4 min of "work" if you can call work getting your ars handed to you.

Chris F
04-15-2009, 02:54 AM
Thats insane.

Llamafighter
04-15-2009, 03:13 AM
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos: $18,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hitomi Akano: $1,450
didn't Akano get a percentage of Cyborg's purse due to the weight issues?

VCURamFan
04-15-2009, 03:32 AM
didn't Akano get a percentage of Cyborg's purse due to the weight issues?Yeah. Cyborg had to forfit 20% of her purse: 10% to Akano & 10% to the CSAC.

Llamafighter
04-15-2009, 01:44 PM
Yeah. Cyborg had to forfit 20% of her purse: 10% to Akano & 10% to the CSAC.

Wow and she still only ended up with that ammount or is that jsut the base salary? I'm surprised they didn't mention that in tha article.

County Mike
04-15-2009, 02:30 PM
I hope that was the amount BEFORE giving away some of her purse. $1450 is not nearly enough for the beating she took.

Llamafighter
04-15-2009, 03:10 PM
I hope that was the amount BEFORE giving away some of her purse. $1450 is not nearly enough for the beating she took.

Plus she has to pay Josh Barnett for the greeeaaat strategy.

MattHughesRocks
04-15-2009, 03:34 PM
$940 :laugh:

rearnakedchoke
04-15-2009, 04:21 PM
those look pretty good ........

Spiritwalker
04-15-2009, 04:37 PM
I am all for Fighters getting paid more.. but if that is the paydays in relation to the gate.. wow....

I would like to know more specifics about paydays..

Like Randy and Chuck (Matt also???) getting a cut of the PPV buys...

KevinD
04-15-2009, 06:26 PM
Frank takes care of himself first. Some of those salaries were terrible. It makes the UFC look good as far as salaries are concerned, thats for sure.

atomdanger
04-15-2009, 08:13 PM
I always wish we knew what they made for sponsors and stuff,
of course I am aware that sort of thing is very private,
but sometimes I am super curious.

Jason 16
04-15-2009, 08:32 PM
Scott Smith: $49,940 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Benji Radach: $16,940
Benji Radach is worth at least as much as scott smith hes been around for a long time

atomdanger
04-15-2009, 10:37 PM
Scott Smith: $49,940 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Benji Radach: $16,940
Benji Radach is worth at least as much as scott smith hes been around for a long time

I wouldn't say so.

Scott Smith has a bigger name.
He was in the UFC, and is much more well known.

I feel like its half how popular you are, and half how good you are.
That seems to be the case a lot of the time anyway.

J.B.
04-15-2009, 11:07 PM
This is not very shocking at all. That is on par with the way the market works in MMA today. A market which has basically been created by the UFC. I like the product that the UFC delivers, but I still think they are grossly underpaying their fighters.

Jason 16
04-16-2009, 02:02 AM
I wouldn't say so.

Scott Smith has a bigger name.
He was in the UFC, and is much more well known.

I feel like its half how popular you are, and half how good you are.
That seems to be the case a lot of the time anyway.

they both were he fought nick serra and sherk. he was one of the biggest names in the IFL . I like scott but I still think 7 times out of ten he would have lost that fight

Jason 16
04-16-2009, 02:03 AM
This is not very shocking at all. That is on par with the way the market works in MMA today. A market which has basically been created by the UFC. I like the product that the UFC delivers, but I still think they are grossly underpaying their fighters.

yea why couldnt they just taken all but 30k from shamrock and spread it out to the other fighters evenly

VCURamFan
04-16-2009, 02:23 AM
yea why couldnt they just taken all but 30k from shamrock and spread it out to the other fighters evenlyGreat, so now Obama's reaching into MMA as well!!!!!!:scared0011:

I jest. I agree, Frank got paid nearly double what the entire rest of the card made combined. Seriously: $369,790 to $205,525. That's an 80% difference.

And people think the UFC's pay scale if FUBARed.:blink:

Jason 16
04-16-2009, 02:42 AM
Great, so now Obama's reaching into MMA as well!!!!!!:scared0011:

I jest. I agree, Frank got paid nearly double what the entire rest of the card made combined. Seriously: $369,790 to $205,525. That's an 80% difference.

And people think the UFC's pay scale if FUBARed.:blink:

the rest of the guys deserve the money more than him in stead of wasting it on frank give it to the other fighters

VCURamFan
04-16-2009, 02:44 AM
the rest of the guys deserve the money more than him in stead of wasting it on frank give it to the other fightersAgreed.

J.B.
04-16-2009, 03:45 AM
yea why couldnt they just taken all but 30k from shamrock and spread it out to the other fighters evenly

Because it's Frank Shamrock's name that made the event what it was in the first place. If anything, Frank deserved MORE money.

The problem is too many hands in the pot, and it's not being controlled by the fighters. Now, granted, this was NOT a pay-per-view and Strikeforce is not nearly as popular as UFC, so obviously the overall numbers are going to be smaller. However, the scale is still pretty much the same as the UFC, maybe even a little better .

If you add up all the salaries for the night you get $633,445. You also have to figure that because it's not a PPV, the only immediate revenue they will generate from the event is by way of advertisers and ticket sales. I have no idea what the going rate for advertising is, but I am almost positive they would bring in enough in ad revenue to almost (if not completely) cover the cost of renting the venue. Then, you also have to take in to account that tickets are MUCH cheaper to Strikeforce than UFC, with some tickets as low as 20 or 30 dollars.

So, if you have an estimated 15,000 people, we can do a simple law of averages to figure that at an average ticket price of $50, they made about $750,000 not including merchandise or other extra ad revenue. Not even making a million bucks at the door but still paying your talent with 84% of your take? Thats actually not that shady, considering you still have to pay the production crews and other crap.

Now, lets compare that to say UFC 96 (i just thought of that at random). A little googling showed me this....
http://mmamania.com/2009/03/09/ufc-96-fighter-paydays-and-salaries-for-jackson-vs-jardine/

Here is the interesting part...
"The total base fighter payroll for the UFC 96 was $762,000. The 17,033 fans in attendance paid a collective $1.8 million to watch the festivities live."

$762,000 of $1.8 million = 42%, which is exactly HALF the margin of what Strikeforce paid it's people. So, who is really ripping the fighters off? The UFC, thats who. Because the UFC is ALWAYS on PPV which makes them a TON of money, and when they are on Spike that is cable TV which equals even MORE money in advertising. Showtime is a premium channel, so no commercials, but that also equal LESS ad money for Strikeforce when they are on that network.