Strikeforce: Barnett Vs. Cormier Salaries - Barnett, Melendez Lead The Way

May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Josh Barnett enters to fight Daniel Cormier (not pictured) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

A lot of people don't understand why a guy like Gilbert Melendez would have ever re-signed with Strikeforce. Well, $175,000 a fight goes a long way I guess. The Strikeforce lightweight champion was second on the $748,500 total payroll for last Saturday's Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier card, with only Josh Barnett ($200,000) making more. Daniel Cormier picked up a tidy 100k for his victory in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals, and Josh Thomson got 90k for almost dethroning Melendez in the co-main event. All info came from the California State Athletic Commission.

Here are the numbers for the main card guys, and you can catch the preliminary card fighters after the jump.

Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Josh Barnett: $200,000

Gilbert Melendez: $175,000 (no win bonus)
Josh Thomson: $90,000

Rafael Cavalcante: $66,000 ($33,000 bonus)
Mike Kyle: $25,000

Chris Spang: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000

SBN coverage of Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier

Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
Gesias Cavalcante: $18,000

Guto Inocente: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
Virgil Zwicker: $3,000

Gian Villante: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
Derrick Mehmen: $3,000

Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Yuri Villefort: $2,500

Bobby Green: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
James Terry: $9,000

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