Gegard Mousasi

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Salaries

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg which took place on Saturday, August 15 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ($25,000) def. Gina Carano ($125,000)
Gegard Mousasi ($2,000) def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($75,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida ($30,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($50,000) def. Mike Kyle ($14,000)
Jay Hieron ($55,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($12,000)
Scott Lighty ($4,000) def. Mike Cook ($2,500)
Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. David Douglas ($5,500)
James Terry ($6,000) def. Zak Bucia ($2,000)
Alex Trevino ($3,500) def. Isaiah Hill ($2,000)

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Cyborg Stops Carano, Captures Women’s 145-Pound Title

Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.

In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.

From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Weigh-In Results

The fighters are currently hitting the scales in preparation for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Be sure to check back often as we provide you with up to the minute weigh-in results.

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg will be headlined by a 145 lbs female title fight between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Also featured on the card will be an interim lightweight title bout between Gilbert Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida and a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle.

Main Card:

Gina Carano (143 lbs) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5 lbs)
Jay Hieron (169 lbs) vs. Jesse Taylor (172 lbs) *
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204 lbs)
Gilbert Melendez (155 lbs) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155 lbs)
Mike Kyle (219 lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (228 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mike Cook (205 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (202 lbs)
David Douglas (156 lbs) vs. Justin Wilcox (154 lbs)
Zak Bucia (170 lbs) vs. James Terry (169 lbs)
Isaiah Hill (156 lbs) vs. Alex Trevino (156 lbs)

* Taylor weighed in at 172 lbs and has two hours to weigh-in at the 171 lbs limit.

Frye Out; Lawal to Face Kerr at M-1 Global: Breakthrough

M-1 Global has officially announced that their August 28th show titled “Breakthrough” has been moved the Los Angeles Convention Center to the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City. The show will feature a main event of Mo Lawal vs. Mark Kerr along with an exhibition match featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi.

The show was originally set to feature a main event of Don Frye vs. Mo Lawal but unfortunately Frye has pulled out and will be replaced by Kerr. “Don Frye had a signed contract with M-1 and part of that signed commitment allowed us to change the venue if needed,” said M-1 COO Raimond. “From our perspective, Don should still be in this fight. However, for reasons that we aren’t exactly sure of, he has backed out. Don still has not provided us with a clear reason as to why he is refusing to fight.

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Fedor to Head EA Sports MMA Roster, Deal With UFC Far From Finished

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Despite published reports stating that a deal was nearly complete, perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko remains a free agent and not part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ever-growing heavyweight roster.

Emelianenko and his manager, M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein, held a press conference today in Anaheim, California to discuss the recent rumors and a variety of topics. It was also announced that Emelianenko will serve as the featured athlete in EA Sports’ first-ever MMA-related video game, “EA Sports MMA”, which is scheduled to be released next year.

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Babalu vs. Mousasi Set For Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg

Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Strikeforce officials have announced that Renato “Babalu” Sobral will defend his Strikeforce light heavyweight title against Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15.

Babalu and Mousasi were originally set to square off at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1 but when Affliction closed up shop, Strikeforce jumped at the opportunity adding the bout to an already stacked card.

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Countdown to Trilogy: Mousasi vs. Sobral

Here is a preview of Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato “Bababu” Sobral released by Affliction Entertainment as part of their “Countdown to Trilogy” series. Affliction: Trilogy is scheduled for August 1 at the Honda Center in Anahiem, California.

Affliction Announces “Trilogy” Event for August

Affliction Entertainment today officially announced their third-ever event, “Trilogy”, which will take place on Saturday, August 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. As expected, the show will be headlined by a much-anticipated heavyweight clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett.

The poster for the event can be seen at Affliction’s official website.

While no other fights on the card have been confirmed, some heavily rumored matchups include former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia facing Paul Buentello, Jay Hieron going up against Paul Daley and a previously scheduled bout between Chris Horodecki and Dan Lauzon.


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Mousasi-Belfort Questionable for Affliction III

Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group

Just hours after his quick submission victory over Mark Hunt in the opening round of the “Super Hulk” tournament at DREAM.9, Gegard Mousasi revealed that he would be facing former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort at Affliction’s third show this August.

However one day later, Belfort says that the fight is far from being official. According to the Brazilian, Affliction officials would like the two fighters to meet at a catch-weight of 195 lbs given Mousasi’s recent urge to compete in higher weight classes, but Belfort is unwilling to stray from his new home at middleweight:

“Now I have to see if he’ll get down to middleweight”, said the Brazilian, who doesn’t consider going up to face Mousasi, who decided to move up after knocking Ronaldo Souza out. “Who defines this isn’t him. I fight at 185lbs. If they want to do this fight at 185lbs, it’s done, otherwise I see no option to go up, even because he isn’t a challenge, a man with much name. To go up, I don’t see him as a challenge. I want to fight with him in the weight he was champion (at Dream), then I think its worth”, decreed Vitor.

In response, Mousasi has told that after reading Belfort’s comments to Tatame, he has no idea whether or not the fight will happen now. He also talks of another potential opponent should Belfort continue to refuse to sign the contract that was reportedly sent out to both fighters:

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Is Mousasi Setting His Sights Too High?

Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

He’s only 23-years-old and he’s already one of the world’s top-ranked middleweights. At this point in time, it seems that the sky is the limit for Gegard Mousasi, who knocked off the likes of Denis Kang and Melvin Manhoef en route to capturing the vacant DREAM middleweight title last year. However Mousasi seems dead set on leaving the weight class in which he has experienced so much success so quickly in favor of the light heavyweight division, citing natural growth of his body no longer allowing him to make the cut to 185 lbs.

According to Mousasi, a move to light heavyweight may only be temporary. Is he having second thoughts and planning to move back to middleweight? Not exactly, he tells Sherdog:

Light heavyweight is only a pitstop for Mousasi, though.

“To be honest, I want to go to heavyweight,” he says. “I think if it’s something you do and you win, people will be surprised, and I like that. It was always my dream to be the best. If you say, ‘I’m the best heavyweight’ it feels like you’re the best heavyweight in the world. If you say, ‘I’m the best middleweight,’ there’s always a couple of guys above you that could beat you.”

If all goes as planned inside his cool but calculated mind, Mousasi will make his U.S. debut at Affliction and M-1 Global’s third event in June or July carrying 225-230 pounds on his frame the natural way.

Mousasi was never an overly large or physically defined middleweight, so I’m wondering what makes him think that he would still be able to perform at a high level with a ton of extra weight added on. Mousasi also goes on to say in the article that he believes his comparable speed and strength to training partner Fedor Emelianenko will give him an advantage at heavyweight.

At this point, I don’t see how this is going to benefit his career at all. He’s had a boatload of success at 185 lbs at such a young age and the feasibility with which he’ll be able to cut weight now compared to when he gets older should make his stay at middleweight last through the prime of his career. Let’s just say if he does goes through with this, it’s going to be interesting to watch for sure.

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