StrikeForce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Full Fight card Results/Gate/Suspensions/Fighter Salaries

Melendez vs. Masvidal was a solid card. I saw lots of complaints on Twitter and G+ about it being a weak card. It may just be me, I may not be ‘jaded’ yet. For me, almost any MMA card is a good card, within reason. There was a championship war, a 16 second brutalization of a sexy Japanese fighter, Gegard Mousassi showcased his wrestling and overall improvement (leading me to believe he will once again be a devastating force in the LHW division, possibly moving over to the UFC in 2012), plus a good back and forth between KJ Noons and Billy Evangelista. How is that a ‘weak’ card? Once again, I’m just not jaded yet.

The card was worth it to me just to see Cris Cyborg keep her promise to us and win by KO. How did you feel the card held up? let us know in the comments section.

Ratings: 1.35

Viewership: 521,375

Live Gate: $154,075

Attendance: 2,995

Fighter Salaries: Total disclosed payroll was $580,000.

Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ovince St. Preux: $17,000
K.J. Noons: $65,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
def. Billy Evangelista: $20,000
Caros Fodor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Wilcox: $12,000
Roger Bowling: $14,200 ($7,000 win bonus)*
def. Jerron Peoples: $1,600*
Devin Cole: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Salinas-Jones: $3,000
Eddie Mendez: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
Herman Terrado: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Brown: $3,000

* – Peoples surrendered $200 of his $2,000 show money to Bowling and $200 to the CSAC because he missed weight

Medical Suspensions:

Gilbert Melendez suspended 45 days, no contact for 30 days due to a hard bout
Jorge Masvidal suspended 45 days, no contact for 30 days due to left eye cut. Suspended indefinitely for right hand pain.
Hiroko Yamanaka suspended 45 days, no contact for 30 days for knockout
K.J. Noons suspended indefinitely due to decreased vision in left eye until cleared by physician
Billy Evangelista suspended indefinitely due to irritation in left eye until cleared by physician
Justin Wilcox suspended 45 days, no contact for 30 days due to knockout
Devin Cole suspended 60 days, no contact for 60 days due to cut on left eyelid. Suspended indefinitely due to abrasion on left eyeball.
Jerron Peoples suspended 45 days, no contact for 30 days due to knockout
Herman Terrado suspended 60 days, no contact for 60 days due to cut under left eye.
Cris Brown suspended 180 days, no contact for 180 days due to possible fracture in right foot and left hand.

Main card (Showtime)

  • Lightweight Championship bout: United States Gilbert Melendez vs. United States Jorge Masvidal
    Melendez defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision (50–45, 50–45, 49–46) to retain the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.
  • Women’s Featherweight Championship bout: Brazil Cristiane Santos (c) vs. Japan Hiroko Yamanaka
    Santos defeated Yamanaka via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of round 1 to retain the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship.
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Armenia Gegard Mousasi vs. Haiti Ovince St. Preux
    Mousasi defeated St. Preux via unanimous decision. (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
  • Lightweight bout: United States KJ Noons vs. United States Billy Evangelista
    Noons defeated Evangelista via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).

Preliminary card

  • Lightweight bout: United States Caros Fodor vs. United States Justin Wilcox
    Fodor defeated Wilcox via KO (punches) at 0:13 of round 1.
  • Catchweight (181 lbs) bout: United States Jerron Peoples vs. United States Roger Bowling
    Bowling defeated Peoples via KO (punches) at 0:42 of round 1.
  • Heavyweight bout: United States Devin Cole vs. United States Gabriel Salinas-Jones
    Cole defeated Salinas-Jones via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Middleweight bout: United States Fernando Gonzalez vs. United States Eddie Mendez
    Mendez defeated Gonzalez via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 29–28).
  • Welterweight bout: United States Herman Terrado vs. United States Chris Brown
    Terrado defeated Brown via submission (armbar) at 4:05 of round 3.