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Zoila Gurgel Likely Out of Bellator Season With Broken Hand, Still Getting Paid Less Than Male Non-Champions

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Zoila Gurgel (formerly Frausto)’s first Bellator appearance since winning the promotion’s 115-pound title last October may also be her last of the season. According to a CSAC medical report, Gurgel broke her hand during her unanimous decision victory over Karina Hallinan this weekend, and may be out of action for six months. Since Bellator’s current fourth season is only scheduled to run through May 21st, it’s almost certain that she won’t be back until season five, which kicks off in the fall.

To add insult to injury [Ed. note: wow, this is one of the few situations where that phrase actually makes sense] the fighter payouts for Bellator 35 were released yesterday, revealing that Frausto makes 60 cents on the dollar compared to male participants in the current welterweight tournament, who aren’t even champions yet. While Frausto earned $6k/$6k for her 125-pound non-title bout over Karina Hallinan, fighters like Brent Weedman and Rick Hawn took home $10k/$10k for their quarterfinal fights in the 170-pound bracket. The full salary list is below…

Bellator 35 Payouts

Jay Hieron: $20,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Lapsley: $10,000

Lyman Good: $20,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Lozano: $10,000

Rick Hawn: $20,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jim Wallhead: $10,000

Brent Weedman: $20,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Hornbuckle: $10,000

Zoila Gurgel: $12,000 (including $6,000 win bonus)
def. Karina Hallinan: $1,500

Brandon Bender: $3,000 (including $1,500 win bonus)
def. Josh Herrick: $1,000

Waachiim Spiritwolf: $2,000 (including $1,000 win bonus)
def. Jaime Jara: $1,000

Paul Ruiz: $1,000 (including $500 win bonus)
def. Jesus Castro: $500

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Fried Taco- March 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm
I read on another site that Frausto/Gurgel is vacating the 115lb title and will most likely compete in an upcoming 125lb tournament. I hope Ms. Sexton gets her chance at revenge!
intercept440- March 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm
so not true goldstien... i just didnt want to infringe on another CP'ers coined phrase... its cool homie. you finished the sentece without me having to...

although i should have added my own.. which would have been donut hole
El Famous Burrito- March 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm
They really should run two tournaments: one Men's MMA tournament, and one women's Sammich-making tournament. Then pair the two winners up and marry them on their own reality TV show.
Rex, get your Bellator contacts on the phone, this is a goldmine for MTV8.
RwilsonR- March 8, 2011 at 11:33 am
This should be a lesson to all women who want to branch out into other careers - making sandwiches is as lucrative as it will likely get for you, sweetheart, so don't bother with other "careers."
bgoldstein- March 8, 2011 at 11:00 am
Tragically, intercept440 suffered a fatal heart-attack before he was able to type the word 'fartbox'.
El Guapo- March 8, 2011 at 10:43 am
^ Sammich making! No crust, cut diagonal, use the last drop of whatever spread I so choose. Mustard, mayo, PB, J. Oh, she'll earn it alright..
El Guapo- March 8, 2011 at 10:41 am
I'll pay the Warrior Princess a couple hundred dollars for her services, if you catch my drift. And she'll earn EVERY penny of it, down to the last drop.
Turd Furgeson- March 8, 2011 at 9:19 am
She's lucky they're even paying her in cash. If it were up to me she'd be payed in kitchen appliances.
intercept440- March 8, 2011 at 8:54 am
the only time i would pay for an all womans mma event would be if it was tate coenan an carano fatal three way with the winner getting to toungepunch the losers
jimbonics- March 8, 2011 at 8:50 am
Good thing she married such a stable fighter.
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 8, 2011 at 8:38 am
If there was an all-woman MMA card coming on this weekend with the top women in the sport, and it were competing against a comparable all-male event. People, on avaerage, would pay LESS than $.60 on the dollar for the women's event versus the men's.

I feel bad for them being underpaid and under appreciated, but the reason is their potential draw is so much less.
ReX13- March 8, 2011 at 8:37 am
FlashinLeather Says:

"I have never heard some one say “i’m so excited for the [any woman besides cyborg] fight."


You should probably listen more.
FlashinLeather- March 8, 2011 at 8:27 am
man CP no edit feature...well its to much work now...
FlashinLeather- March 8, 2011 at 8:27 am
I don't get the discussion about having women paid more money, you get paid money if you make money for the organization. Half the people that are watching don't care about women's mma, and the other half are fine with women fighting but would still rather watch men fight.

Just like how people get up in arms over how much money baseball players make, that money is going somewhere it can either be the owner or the players. In MMA the women don't add anything to a card except for maybe Cyborg. I have never heard some one say "i'm so excited for the [and woman besides cyborg] fight.
ReX13- March 8, 2011 at 8:06 am
Frausto/Gurgel should vacate the title--i doubt she'll ever fight at 115 again. Let 'em put together a women's 125 tourney, get some competent judges, and *then* we'll see how good she is. As it stands now, i don't consider her a champ.
El Famous Burrito- March 8, 2011 at 7:59 am
Bellator takes unibrow waxing out of their paychecks.
Fried Taco- March 8, 2011 at 7:58 am
Do you think Jesus is upset he made less than a girl?