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