Smith was one of night’s bigger breadwinners in his promotional
debut for Strikeforce on Nov. 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
Calif., according to figures released on Monday by the California
State Athletic Commission.
Smith, who became the first Pro Elite-contracted fighter to compete
outside of the presumably defunct promotion’s banner, earned
$40,000 for his 24-second fleecing of Terry Martin.
Martin earned $20,000.
Smith’s take was only topped by fellow debutante Renato “Babalu”
Sobral, who dispatched of light heavyweight champion Bobby
Southworth with a sharp standing elbow that split his brow open
just minutes into the first round. A doctor recommended the bout be
halted between rounds and Southworth was sent home with
Couture nabbed $10,000 (including a $5,000 bonus) for her
104-second pummeling of outmatched Lina Kvokov.
Kvokov earned $1,500 for taking on the crowd favorite and wife of
UFC Hall of Famer Randy
Despite breaking his hand with the first punch he laid on Luke Stewart,
the ever-resilient Joe Riggs trudged
on to a second-round TKO stoppage and a $40,000 payday. Local
up-and-comer Stewart was dealt $10,000 for the loss.
Buried on the undercard, Brian
Schwartz earned every penny of his seemingly gorged $28,000
price tag. A former ISKA kickboxing champion and hero on San Jose’s
circuit, Schwartz weathered an early knockdown at the hands of
Davis, coaxed out a stoppage by round three, and got the arena
on its feet. Davis took in $5,000 for the rematch to a November