Gegard Mousasi was only paid $2,000

Since Zeus just had his tooth pulled from his skull for probably being an irresponsible human being, I will handle the rest of the site updates for today while he enjoys floating on USS Viocodin for the rest of the evening.

It’s always strange when a MMA organization releases the exact amount their employees were paid to the general public. It would be like Burger King placing the hourly wage for each linecook on their billboard every Friday. Yeah it may spark some inner-fast food rivalry which could lead to getting your combo meal faster but seriously…it can just lead to utter embarrassment. So is the case with Strikeforce’s new light heavyweight Champion, Gegard Mousasi.

Dreamcatcher really isn’t a fantastic nickname for someone who not only trains alongside Fedor, but rocks a record of 26-2. Dude’s only 24 and he’s been in twenty-eight professional MMA bouts. You would think that would be enough to net him a six-figure payday, at the least, five-figures for his fight against Renato Babalu Sobral. Nope. Gegard Mousasi received a check for only $2,000 with absolutely no win bonus. His opponent received about 32x that amount. In fact James Terry’s win bonus was bonus was more than Mousasi’s entire paycheck and Terry was an undercard, non-title fight that wasn’t even broadcasted. Gegard Mousasi, along with Isaiah Hill and Zak Bucia (both of which who lost) were all tired with the lowest payouts of the night.

Dude is the future of MMA and he was the lowest paid fighter. What happened there?

Hopefully EA Sports along with his other sponsors gave him enough money to buy more than a used 1987 Honda Civic for his stunning KO of Babalu Sobral (who was actually on a 5-0 win streak before being caught Mousasi’s flurry of ouchness). You can check out the rest of the payouts here.

Published on August 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm
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