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Ronaldo Souza tops list of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey salaries

Not only did former middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza depart Columbus, Ohio with a victory under his belt at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey but did so with the largest check of any of the evening’s competitors.

According to a list of salaries provided by the Ohio Athletic Commission, “Jacare” earned $92,000 for his success against Bristol Marunde.

However, Souza did not have the night’s largest base pay, as his total take-home was assisted by a bonus for winning. Receiving that honor was Josh Thomson who made $80,000 for beating K.J. Noons in co-headlining action without any additional money for bringing home the “W”.

Meanwhile, new bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey was paid $32,000 for her exciting clash with former title-holder Miesha Tate who earned $19,000 in defeat.

Also standing out, albeit for perhaps the wrong reasons, Scott Smith earned $65,000 for his lackluster showing against Lumumba Sayers.

Read below for a complete list of salaries from Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey:

Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000
Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Caros Fodor: $12,000
Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000
Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000
Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000
Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000
Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000
Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000
Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000


  • Lord Faust says:

    Smith looked absolutely terrible, but considering the beatings he’s taken in his career I can’t really be mad he got paid decently. IMO he’s done; body destroyed, brain intact.

  • Dufresne says:

    I don’t understand why the defending champion was getting less than $20k to headline a card. I’m usually one of the folks arguing about how fighters make decent money, but I don’t think any “major” MMA organization has any excuse to pay a defending champ that little. And don’t say it’s because women’s MMA isn’t as big of a draw as men’s MMA. I know it doesn’t pull the same numbers and so does SF, but they felt strong enough about Tate/Rousey to have them headline the card, the least they can do is pay them what they deserve.
    Personally I think there should be a baseline pay for champs across all divisions.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    $80K for the Punk? That’s some expensive sh*t.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Dufresne, I don’t agree on baselines; maybe a guaranteed “title bonus” or something, if they want to disclose that publicly. The thing where I do agree, though, is the women’s pay; especially considering I bet their sponsorship money is lesser in both amount and sources. A combined public payroll for a main event title fight clocking in just over $50k is kind of rude.

  • MCM says:

    I read somewhere that Tara Larosa, a consensus top 3 female fighter, had to take construction and bar tending jobs last year to make ends meet. Women don’t get paid. And the sponsors aren’t there either.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Considering how much MMA is expanding, the lack of attention being paid to female MMA is just mind boggling.

    Setting gender aside, more fight cards equals more fights. Why are we neglecting over 50% of the population, in terms of athletes who can put on entertaining fights to meet the demand for MMA?

  • Michael says:

    Alexis Davis $ 4000 WTF for what was in my opinion fight of the night.
    Only way to avoid left hook pay is talk trash I guess. Sad.


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