Gina Carano Top Earner, While Gegard Mousasi Only Pockets $2K

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
August 18th, 2009

Despite her disappointing loss to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, female MMA fighter Gina Carano still walked away with the night’s largest purse as she took home $125,000 for her 4:59 of work. Speaking of a short work day, newly crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi pocketed a whopping $2,000 for his 1stRound knockout of Rento “Babalu” Sobral.

Keep in mind that Mousasi is also under contract with M-1 Global, Strikeforce’s new partner.  These numbers are what were required to be reported to the California State Athletic Commission as official salaries for the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event, however they don’t include any undisclosed bonuses paid by the organization.

The highly anticipated Showtime broadcast took place this Saturday inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Although the card wasn’t what it was initially set out to be, it was still a solid promotion that featured three title fights.

Here is a complete rundown of the fighters’ salaries:

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $25,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Gina Carano: $125,000

Gegard Mousasi: $2,000 def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $75,000

Gilbert Melendez: $50,000 def. Mitsuhiro Ishida: $30,000

Fabricio Werdum: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $14,000

Jay Hieron: $55,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Taylor: $12,000

Scott Lighty: $4,000 def. Mike Cook: $2,500

Justin Wilcox: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus) def. David Douglas: $5,500

James Terry: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Zak Bucia: $2,000

Alex Trevino: $3,500 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Isaiah Hill: $2,000

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