“Strikeforce: Evolution” fighter salaries; “King Mo” fined for post-fight celebration

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payroll for “Strikeforce: Evolution”, which took place at the HP Pavilion on Dec. 19 in San Jose.

The king of the cage, the man taking home the most money for the night, despite being KTFO by Scott Smith was Cung Le. A sweet $150,000 paycheck should help ease Cung’s pain of suffering his first professional defeat.

On the other end of the spectrum was Daisuke Nakamura. This Japanese Pride and Dream veteran received only $200* (yes – two hundred dollars) for his unanimous decision loss to Justin Wilcox in their preliminary card bout.

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“Strikeforce: Evolution” post-fight interviews


Josh Thomson is a class act as he discusses his “fight of the night” performance with Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce’s “Evolution” card Saturday night in San Jose. More interviews with Melendez, Mo, Smith, and Coker after the jump…

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Scott Smith rallies from brink of defeat – again – to shock Cung Le; Gilbert Melendez regains Strikeforce title with win over Josh Thomson

Photo by Esther Lin / Strikeforce - Cung Le landing one of his many kicks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2009) – No stranger to stirring comeback victories, Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith rallied to knock out Cung Le, Gilbert Melendez regained the STRIKEFORCE lightweight world title in perhaps the Fight of the Year, and STRIKEFORCE newcomers “Jacare” Souza and “King Mo” Lawal triumphed impressively as STRIKEFORCE closed out an amazing year in spectacular fashion with an incredible fight card before 9,362 at HP Pavilion Saturday on SHOWTIME¬ģ.

After Melendez (17-2) of San Francisco earned a unanimous, five-round decision and avenged a loss to Josh Thomson (16-3), of San Jose, and Brazil’s Jacare (11-2) and King Mo (6-0), of Carlsbad, Calif., had ¬†earlier scored first-round victories over Matt Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., and Mike Whitehead, (24-7) of Las Vegas, respectively, Smith stormed back from the brink of defeat – again – to knock out the previously undefeated Le at 3:25 of the third round.

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“King Mo” vs. Mike Whitehead – “Strikeforce: Evolution” fight video

Here is “King Mo” Lawal’s Strikeforce debut against “Iron” Mike Whitehead. Prior to the fight, Whitehead didn’t seem to think much of Mo, and could not understand why so much attention was being paid to a guy with only five fights. All of Whitehead’s experience, extra weight, and training partners couldn’t help him once the … Read more

This is why the hype – “King Mo” knocks out veteran Mike Whitehead in first round at “Strikeforce: Evolution”

King Mo in the locker room prior to knocking out Mike Whitehead.

Mike Whitehead could not understand why King Mo has been getting all the hype. Now, do you think Whitehead understands “why the hype?”

The ultra-experienced Whitehead preferred to fight King Mo at heavyweight, and Mo, who said tonight he fights at “money weight,” gladly obliged the big man who out-weighed Mo by over 40 pounds.

Whitehead landed a few leg kicks in the fight but that was it. He threw some punches but all he hit was air. Mo landed some solid jabs and hooks before he landed a huge right hand that dropped Whitehead to the canvas, where he followed up with a few extra shots that knocked “Iron” Mike out cold at 3:08 of round one.

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“Strikeforce: Evolution” results and play-by-play commentary

SAN JOSE – This is it folks! Tonight’s the night for “Strikeforce: Evolution.” It is the promotion’s final card for 2009, and on paper at least, it may be their best of the year. The only down side is we’re only getting four fights on the televised main card since they couldn’t find an opponent for Robbie Lawler.

ProMMA.info’s Matt De La Rosa will be sitting ring side in the HP Pavilion, ready to bring you all the play-by-play commentary (and tweeting) you have come to expect from Google’s number one professional mixed martial arts website. The preliminary bouts begin at 7pm CT/5pm PT and the main card airs live on Showtime beginning at 9pm CT/7pm PT.

Quick Results:

  • Alex Crispim def. A.J. Fonseca by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Justin Wilcox def. Daisuke Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Antwain Britt def. Scott Lighty by TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 1 (5:00)
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Mike Whitehead by KO (punches) Rd 1 (3:08)
  • Ronald “Jacare” Souza def. Matt Lindland by submission (arm triangle) Rd 1 (4:18)
  • Gilbert Melendez def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision (49-47, 49-46, 49-46) Rd 5
  • Scott Smith def. Cung Le by KO (punches) Rd 3 (3:25)

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Mike Whitehead pulls a Rodney Dangerfield

“I get no respect,” are the famous words of the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Wait? Is he dead? Ah, it don’t matter… point is, Mike Whitehead seems just a tad bitter that King Mo seems to be getting all the hype after only five fights. What gave him the impression Mo is getting all the … Read more