Carano became the first female competitor to bank six figures
on a disclosed U.S. card, according to figures released by the
California State Athletic Commission Tuesday.
“The face of women’s MMA” earned $125,000 in her first-round
technical knockout loss to Cristiane
“Cyborg” Santos last Saturday at Strikeforce in San Jose,
Calif. Santos, who was crowned Strikeforce’s women’s lightweight
(145 pounds) champion, earned $25,000, which included a $5,000 win
The event, which drew 13,976 spectators and a $735,710 gate at the
HP Pavilion, marked the first time a women’s bout headlined a major
event in the U.S.
Newly minted light heavyweight champion Gegard
Mousasi wasn’t as prosperous in his U.S. debut. The 24-year-old
Armenian made an uncustomary $2,000 in his swift first-round
victory over Renato "Babalu"
Sobral, according to the CSAC figures. Sobral earned $75,000
for the loss.