Tara LaRosa grapples with Shayna Baszler. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
With their signing of former star professional wrestler Bobby Lashley only a week old, the American Fight League has continued to make waves with last week’s signing of Tara LaRosa, who has quickly risen to the top of the female mixed martial arts world after winning twelve consecutive fights over the last four years.
However according to a report by Fighters Only Magazine, LaRosa’s deal with the AFL might be a tad bit bigger than we all think. The New Jersey native will reportedly make between $500,000 and $750,000 over the course of her four-fight stint with the promotion according to representatives with her management company, not only easily making her the highest-paid female fighter ever, but one of the highest earning fighters in the sport period.
“The AFL is the right place for me because they believe in putting fighters first and giving women a platform for showcasing their skills,” LaRosa said in a press release last week. “I also feel that the league offers a professional approach to MMA which lifts the sport’s credibility with mainstream audiences.”
LaRosa has fought exclusively inside the confines of BodogFight for the past two years, winning all five of her fights within the organization including a submission win over Amanda Buckner and a stoppage of EliteXC veteran Shayna Baszler.
The Philadelphia Fight Factory product will make her official AFL debut at the promotion’s first-ever pay-per-view event this fall.
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