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Gina Carano Will Have to Be Consoled By Her Six-Figure Paycheck

(Well look at Strikeforce trying to harness the power of the Internet. Who do they think they are, Bellator? Video courtesy of shosports.)

During her stint in EliteXC, Gina Carano was paid far less than her value to the company. It’s good to see that’s not the case in Strikeforce — though unfortunately, money doesn’t guarantee victories. MMA Mania passes along the disclosed salary figures for all the fighters who competed at "Carano vs. Cyborg," with Carano and Renato Sobral leading the pack. The numbers are below…

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos: $25,000 (includes $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 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Mike Kyle: $14,000

Jay Hieron: $55,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Jesse Taylor: $12,000

Scott Lighty: $4,000 (no win bonus)
Mike Cook: $2,500

Justin Wilcox: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
David Douglas: $5,500

James Terry: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Zak Bucia: $2,000

Alexander Trevino: $3,500 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Isaiah Hill: $2,000

Total disclosed payroll: $468,500. Strikeforce took in a live gate of $735,710 from the show, from 13,976 total spectators.

* Yes, Gegard Mousasi’s disclosed salary was just two grand. In the U.S., we call that "shady." To his M-1 Global management, it’s just good, solid, tax-evading business sense.

Underpaid: The fact that Cris Cyborg earned just 20% of what Gina made should tell you something about how Strikeforce views Santos’s marketability; hopefully she’ll be able to renegotiate now that she holds the belt. Also, it would have been nice if Strikeforce took better care of Jesse Taylor for stepping in on very short notice and helping to save their show.

Overpaid: Renato Sobral made a fairly undeserved $1,250 per second while getting overwhelmed by Gegard Mousasi. You could do anything you want to me for that kind of money. Anything.

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Mike Milbury- August 19, 2009 at 6:36 am
How shady is M-1? Gegard is obviously getting his pay "under the table" as mentioned.
Boston Strangla- August 19, 2009 at 1:22 am
$2,000 for Gegard. There are a bunch of local fighters in SoCal that make about or even more then that in these small promotions. Come on StrikeForce, step up your game
Bootylam- August 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Was anybody else dying laughing when they showed Babalu staring into the 9th dimension on Sat? It was extra funny how Gaygard was all like "Um, I think all is done here" shrugging his shoulders all "Ain't nothing but a thing, like a chicken wing on a string" Do Armenians ululate? That would be so awesome.
KidDinomite- August 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Cmon, I think Gegard probably got some more money in there. I mean the guy's still getting Dream pay, plus I'm pretty sure he would have had a hand in his own negotiations. But damn, 2 grand? I make that in two weeks. That isn't enough to even pay for a training camp!!!
Da Spied Her- August 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm
As a consolation prize, the loser of the Carano/Cyborg fight got a night with me, clothing optional. I was worried there for a moment when Gina had mount.
shizznitt- August 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Mousasi doesn't need money, he has an eternal life with 72 virgins ahead of him.
TheKCB- August 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm
2,000 USD = 65,000 rubles. I'm guessing that's the number M-1 was really thinking...
KillDozer- August 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm
goons like you hate everyone. Mostly because of your 2inch penis. I'd say it's more of an overseized clit than a dick, but you get the point.
Clyde- August 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Good job on the editing there strikeforce. The Armenian... assasin... assasin sounded a lot better there.

BTW, since they all finished by early stoppage, do you think you could show something from the undercard next time? One fight makes it to the 3rd and we get nothing? I want my badnwidth back. i could have been downloading porn.

Wait, were there any fights on the undercard worth watching anyway?
El Famous Burrito- August 18, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Let's see if you still feel that way after I pay you 12.5k to get raped by an elephant for 10 seconds.

The Randy Couture article is the next one down.

ThatAngryguy- August 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Wow sucks to be Gegard. Thats fucking ridiculous.
ktfo- August 18, 2009 at 1:30 pm
gegard got paid mostly in humice and goats milk.
ArmFarmer- August 18, 2009 at 1:30 pm
God I hate M1 Global. Fucking leaches that's all they are. Worthless good for nothing parasites.
Koeikan- August 18, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Let's see if you still feel that way after I pay you 12.5k to get raped by an elephant for 10 seconds.
Socal Tot- August 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Wow- so two grand on the books for Gegard. How much under the table? Not the brightest move if the IRS has any MMA fans working for them.
El Famous Burrito- August 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm
"I whooped Babalu's ass, and all I got was this gay sweater."
Swedish- August 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm
OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

Several fighters got paid $2k OMG. that is soooo HORRIBLE!!!!!

Where are all the UFC haters that cry about the UFC pay?? (Ben being the number one cry baby)
NateGetsIrate- August 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm
You know...


i really hate Russians. That's all.
Nut Puncher 9000- August 18, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Who needs a Paycheck when you have Money in your name? "JT MONEY"

omunto- August 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Wait till the IRS smells this... M1 is gonna be fucked
Cookie Monster- August 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm
i hope they paid gegard in virgins and heads of cattle
phightklub- August 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Titos Head -- you are as intelligent as your screen name suggests...

Titos Head- August 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Jesus Gegard got Jacked!!! are u seroius. Damn dana wasn't $hitting when he said they had "NO" money. Thats a shame.