Victorious co-main-event fighter Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ($94,000) and headliner Ronda Rousey ($40,000) were the top earners at this past weekend’s “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” event.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $368,000.
“Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” took place this past Saturday night at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The main card, including Rousey’s first-round submission over Sarah Kaufman and Souza’s knockout of Derek Brunson, aired on Showtime following prelims on Showtime Extreme.
The full “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” payouts included:
Ronda Rousey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $17,000
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza: $94,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Derek Brunson: $13,000
Tarec Saffiedine: $35,000 (includes $17,500 win bonus)
def. Roger Bowling: $10,000
Anthony Smith: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Lumumba Sayers: $7,000
Ovince St. Preux: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. T.J. Cook: $3,000
Miesha Tate: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Julie Kedzie: $5,000
Adian Amagov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Keith Berry: $2,000
Germaine de Randamie: $15,000 (includes $7,500 win bonus)
def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
Bobby Green: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Ricehouse: $5,000
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses.
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.