The HP Pavilion hosted 8,552 spectators for a $633,674.50 gate, according to the CSAC’s initial tallies. Le, returning to the cage for the first time in 18 months, earned $150,000 in the first loss of his professional career -- the highest reported payday of the event.
Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson stole the spotlight, though, with their competitive five-round rematch to unify the promotion’s lightweight titles. Melendez, who took home $55,000, recaptured the 155-pound crown by outscoring Thomson in nearly all of their standup exchanges. Thomson earned $30,000 in his first bout back in 15 months following persistent leg injuries.
Muhammed Lawal was penalized 10 percent of his $10,000 show purse for his enthusiastic homage to event sponsor Rockstar following his first-round victory against Mike Whitehead. Lawal shook and spilled his energy drink all over the cage during his celebration.
Strikeforce “Evolution” Payouts
Scott Smith -- $55,000 (no win bonus listed) def. Cung Le -- $150,000
Gilbert Melendez -- $55,000 (no win bonus listed) def. Josh Thomson -- $30,000
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza -- $65,000 (including $10,000 win bonus) def. Matt Lindland -- $50,000
Muhammed Lawal -- $19,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)* def. Mike Whitehead -- $30,000
Antwain Britt -- $10,000 (including $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Lighty -- $5,000
Justin Wilcox -- $5,000 def. Daisuke Nakamura -- $200
Alexander Crispim -- $4,000 (including $2,000 win bonus) def. A.J. Fonseca -- $2,000
*Lawal penalized 10 percent of show purse by CSAC
Note: These numbers, sent to Sherdog.com by the California State Athletic Commission, are disclosed pay only. They do not include additional bonuses or percentages of other revenue.