MoneyThe CSAC has released the fighter payouts for Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg.” Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional undisclosed bonuses or sponsorship money, which in many cases exceeds a fighter’s base pay. These numbers also do not account for taxes, insurance, and license fees.

To no one’s surprise, Gina Carano raked in the highest purse of the night earning $125,000. Good to see she’s finally getting the payday she deserves. Her opponent, Cris Cyborg, took home one fifth of that.

The number that clearly stands out the most however is Gegard Mousasi’s. He only made $2,000 in disclosed pay. It’s still unclear exactly which parties he’s under contract with and how it all works. First it was Strikeforce who was loaning him to Afflicton and if you listen to DREAM, they’re loaning him to Strikeforce. And then you throw M-1 in the mix and the picture gets even cloudier. In short, it’s complicated, but he definitely made a lot more than $2,000.


Courtesy of MMA Mania:

  • Cristiane Santos: $25,000 ($20,000 + $5,000 win bonus)
    Gina Carano: $125,000
  • Gegard Mousasi: $2,000 (no win bonus)
    Renato Sobral: $75,000
  • Gilbert Melendez: $50,000 (no win bonus)
    Mitsuhiro Ishida: $30,000
  • Fabricio Werdum: $50,000 ($25,000 + $25,000)
    Mike Kyle: $14,000
  • Jay Hieron: $55,000 ($25,000 + $30,000)
    Jesse Taylor: $12,000
  • Scott Lighty: $4,000 (no win bonus)
    Mike Cook: $2,500
  • Justin Wilcox: $5,000 ($2,500 + $2,500)
    David Douglas: $5,500
  • James Terry: $6,000 ($3,000 + $3,000)
    Zak Bucia: $2,000
  • Alexander Trevino: $3,500 ($2,000 + $1,500)
    Isaiah Hill: $2,000

Total Payout

A disclosed total of $468,500, including bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.