Josh Barnett and Gegard Mousasi were not only two of the biggest winners at Strikeforce’s final show Saturday, they also took home the biggest purses.
Barnett, a longtime star in the heavyweight division, made $250,000 for his submission of newcomer Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Mousasi earned $175,000 after taking out Mike Kyle, also by submission. Neither Barnett nor Mousasi had a win bonus in his contract.
The one fighter who gained the most from his victory was heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier. He had the third best salary at $120,000, aided by his $60,000 win bonus.
In the main event, Tarec Saffiedine earned less than the man he beat, Nate Marquardt, though only by $1,000 after his total was doubled with the win.
The total payroll for the event was $1,153,500.
Here is the full list of salaries for Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.
Paydays provided by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission (courtesy MMAjunkie.com).
NOTES: Only a handful of fighters received medical suspensions. UFC middleweight Ed Herman, who was making a cameo in his loss to Ronaldo Souza, was suspended indefinitely and must be medically cleared of shoulder, elbow and hand injuries. Newcomer Kurt Holobaugh also received an indefinite ban due to a hand injury sustained in his defeat vs. Pat Healy. Dion Staring, Anthony Smith and Michael Bravo were the other suspended fighters, each getting just 30 days.