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Strikeforce: Melendez Vs. Masvidal Salaries, Attendance, Medical Suspensions And Drug Tests

A comprehensive round-up of all the post-Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal news, including gate, attendance, medical suspensions, live gate and drug test results.

(via Strikeforce.com)
(via Strikeforce.com)

The California State Athletic Commission has released a slew of post-fight news regarding last Saturday's Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal event.

According to reports from MMA Fighting, the show drew a paltry 2,995 fans to the San Diego Sports Arena, earning a live gate of $154,075.

The diminutive return pales in comparison to the $580,000 handed out in disclosed fighter salaries.

The twosome of Gilbert Melendez and Gegard Mousasi led the charge, each taking home a flat rate of $150,000 for their main card victories over Jorge Masvidal ($23,000) and Ovince St. Preux ($17,000). Fellow main card winners K.J. Noons ($65,000) and Cris Santos ($66,000) rounded out the top salaries for their victorious performances against Billy Evangelista ($20,000) and Hiroko Yamanaka ($8,000).

In addition, all eight fighters tested for drug abuse passed the pre-fight screening. Devin Cole, Gabriel Salinas, Mousasi, St. Preux, Santos, Yamanaka, Melendez and Masvidal were among those tested.

Lastly, four fighters have been suspended indefinitely due to injuries suffered in competition, according to MMA Weekly. Masvidal (right hand pain), Noons (decreased vision in left eye), Evangelista (irritation in left eye), and Cole (abrasion on left eyeball) will all be required to receive doctor's clearance before returning to training.

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal took place on December 17th. The main card aired live on Showtime.

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Payouts:

Gilbert Melendez $150,000 (no win bonus)
Jorge Masvidal $23,000

Cris "Cyborg" Santos $66,000 (includes $33,000)
Hiroko Yamanaka $8,000

KJ Noons $65,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Billy Evangelista $20,000

Gegard Mousasi $150,000 (no win bonus)
Ovince St. Preux $17,000

Caros Fodor $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Justin Wilcox $ 12,000

Roger Bowling $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Jerron Peoples $2,000

Devin Cole $12,000 (Includes $6,000 win bonus)
Gabriel Salinas $3,000

Fernando Gonzalez $3,000
Eddie Mendez $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)

Herman Terrado $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Chris Brown $3,000

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal 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.