Tuesday, March 6, 2012

STRIKEFORCE: TATE VS ROUSEY SALARIES: Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey on 3/3/12

The Ohio Athletic Commission has released the following salary figures for Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey, held Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.

These are the fighter purses reported by Strikeforce to the Ohio Athletic Commission. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter paychecks.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza had the biggest payday with his $92,000 payout in the opening Showtime fight. Unlike the UFC (Strikeforce's sister promotion under Zuffa), Strikeforce does not give out post-fight bonuses.

"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey made $32,000 ($15K show + $17K win bonus) for 4:27 submission win.

Miesha "Takedown" Tate made $19,000 for 4:27 submission win.

Josh "The Punk" Thomson made $80,000 (no win bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

K.J. Noons made $38,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Kazuo "Hitman" Misaki made $50,000 (no win bonus) for 15:00 split decision win.

Paul "Semtex" Daley made $45,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Lumumba "Heavy Hands" Sayers made $10,000 ($5K show + $5K win bonus) for 1:34 submission win.

Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith made $65,000 for 1:34 submission loss.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza made $92,000 ($70K show + $22K win bonus) for 12:43 submission win.

Bristol Marunde made $10,000 for 12:43 submission loss.

Sarah Kaufman made $25,000 ($15K show + $10K win bonus) for 15:00 majority decision win.

Alexis Davis made $4,000 for 15:00 majority decision loss.

"Relentless" Roger Bowling made $16,000 ($8K show + $8K win bonus) for 6:15 TKO win.

Brandon "White Steel" Saling made $5,000 for 6:15 TKO loss.

Pat "Bam Bam" Healy made $22,500 ($17.5K show + $5K win bonus) for 13:35 submission win.

Caros "The Future" Fodor made $12,000 for 13:35 submission loss.

Ryan Couture made $10,000 (no win bonus) for 12:52 TKO win.

Conor Heun made $8,000 for 12:52 TKO loss.


 1. Ronaldo Souza ($92K)
 2. Josh Thomson ($80K)
 3. Scott Smith ($65K)
 4. Kazuo Misaki ($50K)
 5. Paul Daley ($45K)
 6. KJ Noons ($38K)
 7. Ronda Rousey ($32K)
 8. Sarah Kaufman ($25K)
 9. Pat Healy ($22.5K)
10. Miesha Tate ($19K)


 1. Josh Thomson ($80K)
 2. Ronaldo Souza ($70K)
 3. Scott Smith ($65K)
 4. Kazuo Misaki ($50K)
 5. Paul Daley ($45K)
 6. KJ Noons ($38K)
 7. Miesha Tate ($19K)
 8. Pat Healy ($17.5K)
 9. Ronda Rousey ($15K)
 9. Sarah Kaufman ($15K)


 1. Alexis Davis ($4K)
 2. Brandon Saling ($5K)
 3. Conor Heun ($8K)
 4. Ryan Couture ($10K)
 4. Bristol Marunde ($10K)
 4. Lumumba Sayers ($10K)

Surely, Alexis Davis will receive a discretionary bonus from Zuffa, a fair-minded and generous company, for her Fight of the Night performance against Sarah Kaufman. It is criminal that she made less than Brandon Saling, a convicted child sex offender with Neo-Nazi tattoos who somehow made it onto the fight card.


Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate ($51,000)

Josh Thomson vs. KJ Noons ($118,000)

Kazuo Misaki vs. Paul Daley ($95,000)

Lumuma Sayers vs. Scott Smith ($75,000)

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Bristol Marunde ($102,000)

Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis ($29,000)

Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling ($21,000)

Pat Healy vs. Caros Fodor ($34,500)

Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun ($18,000)


NOTE: These salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for their work already completed in the gym, as well as their performance on fight night.