Strikeforce/EliteXC show = FAILURE

  • SHAMROCK VS. BARONI SALARIES & ATTENDANCE Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - by Ken Pishna -

MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted Shamrock vs. Baroni event, which took place on Friday, June 22nd in San Jose, Calif.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that Strikeforce and EliteXC are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions. All figures provided by the California State Athletic Commission.

Although MMA fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters' salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that Strikeforce and EliteXC also pay their fighters, but do not disclose to the athletic commissions, are not included in the figures below.

In the listings below, "Main Event Fighters" are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show and/or compete in a title fight on a show. "Preliminary Match Fights" are fights that are taped before a television or pay-per-view show goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those fights aired on the telecast or pay-per-view broadcast.

The official attendance for Shamrock vs. Baroni, as recorded by the CSAC, was 9,672. That total includes a paid attendance of 8,584, or 88.8% of the total attendance. There were 1,088 exempt or complimentary tickets that the promotion gave away, or 11.2% of the total attendance. The total capacity of the HP Pavilion for Shamrock vs. Baroni was 12,632. That leaves 2,960 tickets that were neither sold nor given away.

The live gate (total gross receipts) for Shamrock vs. Baroni was $721,210 compared to a total disclosed fighter payroll of $628,340.

Main Event Fighters

-Frank Shamrock: $200,000 (defeated Phil Baroni)

-Phil Baroni: $100,000 (lost to Frank Shamrock)

Main Card Fighters

-Murilo "Ninja" Rua: $50,000 (defeated Joey Villasenor; $25,000 + $25,000 win bonus)

-Paul Buentello: $50,000 (defeated Carter Williams; $25,000 + $25,000 win bonus)

-Cung Le: $45,000 (defeated Tony Fryklund)

-Josh Thomson: $20,000 (defeated Nick Gonzalez; $15,000 + $5,000 win bonus)

-Joey Villasenor: $15,000 (lost to Murilo "Ninja" Rua)

-Duane Ludwig: $15,000 (lost to Paul Daley)

-Edson Bert: $14,000 (defeated Victor "Joe Boxer" Valenzuela; $7,000 + $7,000 win bonus)

-Carter Williams: $13,340 (lost to Paul Buentello)

-Paul Daley: $12,000 (defeated Duane Ludwig; $6,000 + $6,000 win bonus)

-Tony Fryklund: $8,000 (lost to Cung Le)

-Nick Gonzalez: $4,000 (lost to Josh Thomson)

-Victor "Joe Boxer" Valenzuela: $4,000 (lost to Edson Berto)

Preliminary Match Fighters

-Mike Pyle: $20,000 (defeated Aaron Wetherspoon; $10,000 + $10,000 win bonus)

-Luke Stewart: $10,000 (defeated Jason Von Flue)

-Jason Von Flue: $10,000 (lost to Luke Stewart)

-Seth Kleinbeck: $6,000 (defeated Sam Spengler; $3,000 + $3,000 win bonus)

-Chris Cariaso: $4,000 (defeated Anthony Figueroa; $3,000 + $1,000 win bonus)

-Ray Seraille: $4,000 (lost to Rex Richards)

-Rex Richards: $4,000 (defeated Ray Seraille; $2,000 + $2,000 win bonus)

-Aaron Wetherspoon: $4,000 (lost to Mike Pyle)

-Sean Bassett: $3,700 (lost to David Smith)

-Anthony Figueroa: $3,000 (lost to Chris Cariaso)

-Sam Spengler: $3,000 (lost to Seth Kleinbeck)

-Nik Theotikis: $2,800 (defeated Nikk Covert)

-David Smith: $2,000 (defeated Sean Bassett; $1,000 + $1,000 win bonus)

-Nikk Covert: $1,500 (lost to Nik Theotikos)

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $628,340

Quick question...this is indeed the show that they'll be showing on Showtime this Saturday, right?


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elitexc will be out of business...

paid attendance of 8,584

live gate $721,210

That's not going to cut it, especially since the ppv is expected to be less than 30,000 buys.

the tinfoil hat krew will be pissed...

They paid decent fighter salaries, but couldn't draw enough interest to turn a profit. This organization is doomed.

"the tinfoil hat krew will be pissed..."

You mean the anti-UFC trolls? Yeah, they'll be dissapointed.

What can we expect when they have no decent TV deal? A hype show on Showtime does not cut it.

The only real question is whether or not they can outlast Bodog and IFL. Even that is somwhat uninportant, as they'll all be out of business within one or two years.

"^^^ bloo hooo waahhaha - ufc just pwned again"

If you mean that the UFC will always be #1, and that their competitors are rapidly going out of business, then you are correct.

"Doomed??? Please !!! How many start ups have you done?"

None, how many have you done?

"Thats actually pretty good"

No, losing money is not good.

"The majority of business' stay in the red for their first 4 years of operation- thats why its called a venture!"

The majority of businesses fail. In fact, the UFC is the only large MMA company in north america to ever succeed for an extended period.

"The UFC is great, but they have not had a card that good in a long time!"

LMAO!!! Every Zuffa owned UFC card has been at least that good on paper, and most have been much, much better.

Wait what about all those #'s that listed $1.3 million for Frank? It had all the TeamPride, Evilyoshidas, and JohnForsbergs knocking the UFC (what else is new?) and proclaiming them the new king.

Too bad it was all bs.


I don't really buy into the whole "paid poster" shit, but... it would not surprise me one bit if ThonolansGhost was paid by Zuffa to post here (or is at least an employee of Zuffa in some other capacity). I just cannot fathom a guy willingly being that much of an organisational cock sucker unless he was receiving some sort of monetary benefits for doing so.

ThonolansGhost it's useless trying to actually make sense in a forum of Pride fanboy's, TUF noobs, and wannabe Internet tuff guys.

I don't understand you retards. Just because you like UFC doesn't mean you have to dislike everything that isn't UFC.

A bunch of retard on this board. Can't you just be fans of MMA, rather than hate on everything non-UFC?

"ThonolansGhost it's useless trying to actually make sense in a forum of Pride fanboy's, TUF noobs, and wannabe Internet tuff guys."

No shit. There are some seriously stupid people on this forum.

IrishLew, surely even you aren't so dense as to mistake this thinly veiled attack on a Zuffa rival as a genuine attempt to create discussion?

ThonolansGhost's sole purpose on this forum is to promote Zuffa (and I do mean promote, as in invest his time into advertising their products and actively encouraging other users to purchase them), while taking any opportunity to disparage their rivals.

Whether he's under the employment of Zuffa or just a disturbingly obsessed fanboy, the guy is a fucking creep.

"IrishLew, surely even you aren't so dense as to mistake this thinly veiled attack on a Zuffa rival as a genuine attempt to create discussion?"

lol @ you douchebags

But it WAS a genuine attempt to create discussion when the fake fighter salaries were posted and there were 9000 posts from you retards about how Elite knows how to pay fighters, unlike scumbag Zuffa.

Randy, are you still holding a grudge just because I made you look stupid when you claimed that Zuffa's reason for sticking Filho in the WEC was to protect Rich Franklin?

Just let it go.