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…
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.