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“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” Fighter Salaries

strikeforce thumbDespite losing efforts, Gina Carano and Renato “Babalu” Sobral were the big winners financially during “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg“.

The event took place Saturday evening from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and aired live on Showtime. was recently able to receive a full list of the disclosed fighter payouts for the event through the California State Athletic Commission.

Carano wound up taking home a cool $125,00 for her loss to Cyborg, while Babalu netted an impressive $75,000 for his dismantling at the hands of Gegard Mousasi (who was shockingly only compensated to the tune of a disclosed $2,000).

Others on the card that were able to bring home hefty paydays totalling $50,000 or more were Gilbert Melendez, Fabricio Werdum and Jay Hieron.

A full list of the disclosed payouts for the event are listed below:

Gina Carano: $125,000

Cris “Cyborg” Santos: $25,000 – $20,000, win bonus $5,000

Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $75, 000

Gegard Mousasi: $2,000

Gilbert Melendez: $50,000

Mitsuhiro Ishida: $30,000

Fabricio Werdum: $50,000 – $25,000, win bonus $25,000

Mike Kyle: $14,000

Jay Hieron: $55,000 – $25,000, win bonus $30,000

Jesse Taylor: $12,000

Scott Lighty: $4,000

Mike Cook: $2,500

Justin Wilcox: $5,000 – $2,500, win bonus $2,500

David Douglas: $5,500

James Terry: $6,000 – $3,000, win bonus $3,000

Zak Bucia: $2,000

Alex Trevino: $3,500 – $2,000, win bonus $1,500

Isaiah Hill: $2,000

  • Scott H. says:

    What’s that, $467,500 (just doing the math in my head).

    Isn’t Mousasi with M-1 Global? There has to be something going on under the table, or as a side deal. $2000 can’t be his payday.

  • sigmund says:

    yea there’s definatly something up with the mousasi payday. 2000$ and not even a win bonus for a title fight knockout? seems fishy. I’m interested to see what fedor’s will be in the upcomming month’s, see what all the hype is about.

  • Cory Brady says:

    Looking into the suspect Mousasi payday as we speak. I’ll keep you guys updated.

  • edub says:

    Looking into the suspect Mousasi payday as we speak. I’ll keep you guys updated.

    Please do Cory. If he gets say 10 grand over this amount I still see it as a complete slap in the face to him.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I would bet they didnt have a finalized deal in place for the set amount of money per fight, remember they got him with little notice. They probably promised a lot of bonus money and after this he will get a pretty good set amount.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Fedor is going to be paid 3 easy payments of $9.99….

  • Renoperous says:

    Guess we won’t have to worry about SF getting into money trouble from overpaying their fighters….wow

  • Angry Mike says:

    … but M-1 will co-promote, so it’s a win for him.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    if its reported he “Mousasi” got $2,000 then thats all he his gonna get and we have to believe it. there is no promise of bonus money or side deals or under the table deals right??? What kind of idiot fighter would do something like that (before i get blasted thats sarcasms)

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Maybe the $2,000 is in addition to what his Strikeforce purse would have been?


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