The pay numbers are out for Strikeforce’s Destruction and as is semi-usual around here, I’m gonna twist and turn them to imply all sorts of outrageous things. Here’s some fun facts:
-Kim Couture made 10k for her first win. In contrast, Cris Cyborg (the King of Women’s MMA) made 8k per fight in EliteXC. Kim’s ‘opponent’ made 1500 bucks, which probably buys a lot of cigarettes.
-Scott Smith made 20k/20k, which is 14k more than EliteXC used to pay him to fight way harder opponents.
-As for Babalu Sobral, he’s making the exact same amount in Strikeforce that he made in the UFC: 25k/25k. Mind you, the sponsorship money ain’t gonna be as good in Strikeforce, but still.
-Strikeforce made 321k off the gate and their lineup cost them 319k. I have not even the slightest iota of a clue how much they make via other methods of revenue like their HDNet deal or through event sponsors, but I think it’s safe to conclude that Strikeforce didn’t exactly rake in the dough off last weekend’s event.