‘Jacare’ Souza Rakes Biggest Payday at Strikeforce ‘Tate vs. Rousey’

By Mike Whitman Mar 7, 2012

Former middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza walked away from Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” with an event-high $92,000, as “Jacare” took home a $22,000 win bonus following his submission victory over injury replacement Bristol Marunde ($10,000) on Saturday night.

Sherdog.com confirmed the event’s payout information with Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato on Tuesday. Headlined by a women’s 135-pound championship showdown between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, the event took place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Rousey earned $32,000 for her first-round submission of Tate ($19,000), winning the title with her signature armbar as a hard-fought first round neared its conclusion.

Josh Thomson took home $80,000 following a grinding unanimous decision win over K.J. Noons ($38,000) in the evening’s co-headliner. Hard-hitting Brit Paul Daley made $45,000 in defeat to Kazuo Misaki, who netted $50,000 for his split-decision victory over “Semtex.”

Additionally, former women’s bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman was awarded $25,000 following her hard-fought rematch with Alexis Davis ($4,000), and durable lightweight veteran Pat Healy grabbed $22,500 after handing Caros Fodor ($12,000) the first loss of his pro career.

Lumumba Sayers and Ryan Couture each pocketed $10,000 following respective wins over Scott Smith ($15,000) and Conor Heun ($8,000), and Roger Bowling earned $16,000 for disposing of Brandon Saling ($5,000) in their preliminary welterweight duel.

Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” Salaries:

Ronda Rousey: $32,000
(includes $17,000 win bonus)

Miesha Tate: $19,000

Josh Thomson: $80,000

K.J. Noons: $38,000

Kazuo Misaki: $50,000

Paul Daley: $45,000

Ronaldo Souza: $92,000
(includes $22,000) win bonus)

Bristol Marunde: $10,000

Lumumba Sayers: $10,000
(includes $5,000 win bonus)

Scott Smith: $15,000

Sarah Kaufman: $25,000
(includes $10,000 win bonus)

Alexis Davis: $4,000

Roger Bowling: $16,000
(includes $8,000 win bonus)

Brandon Saling: $5,000

Pat Healy: $22,500
(includes $5,000 win bonus)

Caros Fodor: $12,000

Ryan Couture: $10,000
(no win bonus)

Conor Heun: $8,000


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