Carano Makes $125,000

By Loretta Hunt Aug 18, 2009
Gina Carano became the first female competitor to bank six figures on a disclosed U.S. card, according to figures released by the California State Athletic Commission Tuesday.

“The face of women’s MMA” earned $125,000 in her first-round technical knockout loss to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos last Saturday at Strikeforce in San Jose, Calif. Santos, who was crowned Strikeforce’s women’s lightweight (145 pounds) champion, earned $25,000, which included a $5,000 win bonus.

The event, which drew 13,976 spectators and a $735,710 gate at the HP Pavilion, marked the first time a women’s bout headlined a major event in the U.S.

Newly minted light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi wasn’t as prosperous in his U.S. debut. The 24-year-old Armenian made an uncustomary $2,000 in his swift first-round victory over Renato "Babalu" Sobral, according to the CSAC figures. Sobral earned $75,000 for the loss.

Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” Payscale

Cristiane Santos –- $25,000 (including $5,000 win bonus)
Def. Gina Carano –- $125,000

Gegard Mousasi –- $2,000 (no win bonus)
Def. Renato Sobral –- $75,000

Gilbert Melendez –- $50,000 (no win bonus)
Def. Mitsuhiro Ishida –- $30,000

Fabricio Werdum –- $50,000 (including $25,000 win bonus)
Def. Mike Kyle –- $14,000

Jay Hieron –- $55,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
Def. Jesse Taylor –- $12,000

Scott Lighty –- $4,000 (no win bonus)
Def. Mike Cook –- $2,500

Justin Wilcox –- $5,000 (including $2,500 win bonus)
Def. David Douglas -- $5,500

James Terry –- $6,000 (including $3,000 win bonus)
Def. Zak Bucia –- $2,000

Alexander Trevino –- $3,500 (including $1,500 win bouns)
Isaiah Hill -- $2,000

Note: These numbers, sent to by the California State Athletic Commission, are disclosed pay only.
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