Considering he was fighting both Nick Diaz and his own unruly haircut, I think KJ Noons did pretty well last Saturday. While some say KJ’s Compustrike numbers were screwed up due to sheer computational fuck uppery, I think their system became sentient and counted every time KJ ran his hands through his hair, declaring it a ‘hit’ with the ladieeeeez.
All that coiffing came at a price though – not only did KJ break his hand (thumb?) in the second round, but Nick Diaz also managed to break KJ’s jaw in the first. If this means no toffees, swedish berries, or other assorted sticky treats for two months, then I salute Noons for the sacrifices he makes in order to fight.
Speaking of sacrifices, lets get right into the paydays for last weekend’s Strikeforce card, which I would say was a pretty good bargain at just over 200k, or half of what the UFC ends up paying for a welfare Fight Night or TUF finale. Remember these numbers the next time Nick Diaz says he ‘just wants to get paid’ to do something, be it fighting, promotional appearances, or cutting your lawn.
As always, numbers are ordered from most to least paid because that’s the world we live in, bitches.
- Nick Diaz: $50,000
- Josh Thomson: $50,000
- Gesias Cavalcante: $40,000
- Sarah Kaufman: $20,000
- Tyron Woodley: $15,000 ($7,500 win bonus)
- K.J. Noons: $10,000
- Andre Galvao: $10,000
- Marloes Coenen: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
- James Terry: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
- Josh McDonald: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
- Jess Bouscal: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
- David Marshall: $1,500
- Ron Keslar: $1,500
- Luis Mendoza: $1,500
The ‘I hope there’s more money hidden in the background than this’ award goes to: Strikeforce. Marloes Coenen making the same as the unaired local prelim fighters seems just a little fucked up. And there must be something going on with KJ Noons – he made 25k off his first fight back with Strikeforce, so does it make sense that he’d only make 10k for a title fight against Nick Diaz?
The ‘I’m starting to get pissed off at how little I make’ award goes to: Nick Diaz, who is making 10k less per fight than his little brother. This also doesn’t factor in better sponsor money in the UFC or Dana White’s backstage penchant for throwing fighters more money on a whim than Scott Coker makes in a year.
The ‘Squeaky wheel gets the grease’ award goes to: Sarah Kaufman, who’s making twice what KJ Noons officially made. Let’s hope she spends a few bucks on a new weigh-in top that didn’t come out of a lost and found box in a retirement home. Actually, considering she’s probably gonna fall into Strikeforce’s infamous fighter black hole now that she’s lost, maybe she should save her money.