Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz topped the fighter salaries for Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” event in San Jose, earning $150,000 for his main event win over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, who made $20,000.
Herschel Walker officially made just $5,000 for his win over Scott Carson, but the former football standout likely received alternate compensation as he did for his MMA debut last January, when he earned a reported $600 despite donating his six-figure salary to charity.
The official “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” salaries were:
- Nick Diaz: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos: $20,000
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: $85,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Robbie Lawler: $65,000
- Herschel Walker: $5,000 (no win bonus) def. Scott Carson: $5,000
- Roger Gracie: $75,000 (no win bonus) def. Trevor Prangley: $30,000
The salaries listed above are simply those required for Strikeforce to report to the California State Athletic Commission and do not represent the fighters total earnings.
The event drew an attendance of 9,059 to San Jose’s HP Pavilion for a live gate of more than $533,000, while the total payroll for the event including undercard fighters was $463,500.
The most-notable medical suspension for the event went to Robbie Lawler, who was suspended 180 days for a possible left foot fracture, but can return sooner if cleared by a doctor.