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Did Wrestling Observer get it wrong?

God knows Dave Meltzer is probably a bit busy at the moment reporting on the biggest scandal in pro wrestling since Randy Savage turned on Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 4. But you’d think he would double check his Strikeforce pay figures before releasing them to the public. Below are the figures released by the Observer:

-Frank Shamrock ($1.3 million) def. Phil Baroni ($75,000)
-Cung Le ($100,000) def. Tony Fryklund ($12,000)
-Murilo “Ninja” Rua ($50,000) def. Joey Villasenor ($32,000)
-Paul Buentello ($50,000) def. Carter Wiliams ($25,000)
-Paul Daley ($30,000) def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig ($15,000)
-Edson Berto ($25,000) def. Victor Valenzuela ($30,000)
-Josh Thomson ($15,000) def. Nick Gonzalez ($10,000)

And here’s what the CSAC released as pay figures:

Frank Shamrock – $200,000 def Phil Baroni – $100,000
Cung Le – $45,000 def Tony Fryklund – $8,000
Murilo Rua – $25,000 (plus $25,000 win bonus) def Joey Villasenor – $15,000
Paul Buentello – $25,000 (plus $25,000 win bonus) def Carter Williams – $13,340
Paul Daley – $6,000 (plus $6,000 win bonus) def Duane Ludwig – $15,000
Edson Berto – $7,000 (plus $7,000 win bonus) def Victor Valenzuela – $4,000
Josh Thomson – $15,000 (plus $5,000 win bonus) def Nick Gonzalez – $4,000

I’ve never been that good at math, but these numbers don’t seem to match up too well. Sure, perhaps Frank Shamrock’s pay in the WO’s report includes assumed PPV share money. But that doesn’t explain the huge gaps in the undercard fighter pay. I’m sure Victor Valenzuela wishes the first numbers were true because he would be $26,000 richer. Same with Paul Daley, who only made half of what the Wrestling Observer said he did.

UPDATE:   It turns out that the financial numbers attributed to Wrestling Observer were not actually from Wrestling Observer. MMA News has apologized for attributing the incorrect numbers.

  • Euthyphro says: apologized for posting the wrong numbers. WO never put those numbers out, but they were falsely attributed to them.