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‘Rousey vs. Kaufman’ Salaries: Jacare Cleans Up, Ronda Comes In Distant Second


(Yeah, it’s basically a teacher’s salary, but putting a smile on Judo Gene‘s face makes it all worthwhile.)

Strikeforce paid out $368,000 in total disclosed salaries to the fighters who competed on Saturday’s Rousey vs. Kaufman card, with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza eating up over a quarter of the total, the greedy bastard. Actually, Souza’s $94,000 paycheck was odd in that his win bonus was only about 30% of his to-show money, rather than the full 100% that almost everybody else on the Zuffa payroll gets.

The night’s biggest star Ronda Rousey only earned a $40,000 purse — I know, ladies, I know — though it was still enough to put her in second place on the event’s cash-money leaderboard. Check out the full salary list after the jump, and keep in mind that these figures don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships and undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or deductions for taxes, insurance, and license fees.

Ronda Rousey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Sarah Kaufman: $17,000

Ronaldo Jacare Souza: $94,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
Derek Brunson: $13,000

Tarec Saffiedine: $35,000 (includes $17,500 win bonus)
Roger Bowling: $10,000

Anthony Smith: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Lumumba Sayers: $7,000

Ovince St. Preux: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
T.J. Cook: $3,000

Miesha Tate: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Julie Kedzie: $5,000

Adlan Amagov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Keith Berry: $2,000

Germaine De Randamie: $15,000 (includes $7,500 win bonus)
Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000

Bobby Green: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Matt Ricehouse: $5,000

Underpaid: Julie Kedzie. First off, still no Fight of Night bonuses in Strikeforce? (Short answer: No, so stop asking.) The preliminary card war between Kedzie and Tate certainly would have earned one if it was held in the UFC. Instead, Kedzie only walked away with a piddling five grand for a thrilling performance in which she gave Miesha all she could handle before succumbing to an armbar in the third round. At a certain point, doing it for the love of the sport just isn’t enough. On a related note, TJ Cook took one hell of a beating to get paid just $3,000 for a main-card fight.

Overpaid: Nobody, really. In terms of work output, Derek Brunson didn’t do a hell of a lot to earn his five-figure check — though suffering a concussion at the hands of Jacare Souza isn’t what we’d consider an easy day at the office.

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Mofo- August 21, 2012 at 8:52 am
Well, Ronda will start making a lot more money when she starts doing anal.
Mofo- August 21, 2012 at 8:34 am
Bruce Lee was known for rear naked fucking dirt boxes? Wow.

Be like water... like an enema.
Darkside- August 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm
@festizzeo
I gotta admit, the line about Judo Gene rear naked fucking her made me spit water on my keyboard...
El Guapo- August 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm
"Dude, brrro, dude. Say chesse, brro" woulda been my caption, nawmsayin.
Festizzeo- August 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm
It's not the easiest thing in the world posting comments in this place is it? Or is that just me?
Festizzeo- August 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm
After the show, Judo Gene twisted her up up like a roller coaster ride, and rear naked fucked her dirt box like she was the living reincarnation of Bruce Lee. Or Steven Seagal, depending on your preference in men.
Clyde- August 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm
$40,000.00 for the current biggest name in the sport successfully defending her world title? Take that feminist movement.

(I am referring to women's MMA, not MMA in general BTW)
Viva Hate- August 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Judo Gene: "Check out the sweater bags on this hose hound!"
mtcage- August 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm
ronda needs to get paid more. she's champ, undefeated, bringing the spotlight to women's mma, and creating more buzz than almost any other strikeforce man or woman. it's actually quite insulting to her.
poo_ghost- August 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm
He is smiling? I thought that old bastard was having a bowel movement.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Hey, Showtime does incredible commercials so quit complaining! Sheez!

You can fight on Top Ramen!
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