Cara Maria Sorbello
Cara Maria
Original Season Fresh Meat II
Born May 12, 1986
Hometown Methuen, Massachusetts
Game Summary
Challenges Fresh Meat II
Cutthroat (final)
Rivals (final)
Battle of the Exes
Battle of the Seasons
Rivals II (final)
Free Agents
Battle of the Bloodlines (won)
Invasion of the Champions
XXX: Dirty 30 (final)
Eliminations 17 (12 wins, 5 losses)
Money Won $223,500
Spin-offs Champs vs. Pros (won)
Money Raised $55,000
Social Media
Twitter CaraMariaMTV
Instagram misscaramaria


Fresh Meat II

Bio: Cara Maria dances to the beat of her own drum. A dark beauty with skull beads in her hair, she admits to liking "dirty bad boys." But don't judge this book by its outlandish cover...Cara Maria has a psychology degree, a 3.8 GPA, and usually skips the partying. She has a sweet disposition, but it's balanced by a mean temper and a tendency to say things she regrets. Cara Maria is also an avid horse rider, and claims it works all of the muscles. She'll certainly need every one of them primed and ready for her Challenge debut!

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Dirty Mouth Darrell OUT


Bio: Cara Maria is back with a lot to prove after being eliminated first with partner Darrell during Fresh Meat II. Since her defeat, Cara Maria has zeroed in on her flaws, offering, "I can say that one of my weaknesses is my brain. Physically, I can do anything, but mentally, I can defeat myself better than anybody else can." Unique to her core, this dark and kinky beauty doesn't always rub people the right way -- especially other girls. And when Cara Maria cuddles up to one of the game's best players, look for sparks to fly!

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Gas Problems Grey Team WIN
2 Brain Buster GULAG
3 Bed Head SAFE
4 Bottleneck Stampede SAFE
5 Surf's Up WIN
6 Sky Hook WIN
7 Gimme a Hand SAFE
8/9 High Ball WIN
9/10 Riot Act WIN
10 Czech Point SECOND

Money Won: $20,000


Bio: The last time we saw emo-beauty Cara Maria, she was finding love with teammate Abram, while fighting her way to the finals of Cutthroat. A proud only child, Cara Maria boogies to her own beat as can be seen from her outlandish fashion sense, and pirate-chiq hairstyle. Some have accused this avid horse-rider of being a weak player who rides on the coattails of others. But this time around she's being paired with a no-nonsense teammate who will not tolerate a slacker for a partner. Will Cara Maria show enough fire to appease her domineering partner?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive Laurel SAFE
2 Car Crusher SAFE
3 Sync or Swim JUNGLE
4 Hammock Crawl SAFE
5 Against the Current SAFE
6 Catch and Release WIN
7 Sawed Off JUNGLE
8/9 Bombs Away SAFE
9/10 Final Challenge SECOND

Money Won: $26,000

Battle of the Exes

Bio: Odd birds of a feather, Abram and Cara Maria first fell in love on Cutthroat. But after an intoxicated Abram had a heavily publicized run-in with the police, Cara Maria decided to call it quits. The couple has since reconciled but their on-again, off-again relationship is anything but reliable. Abram complains, "Cara Maria is like a cat. When you try to chase a cat it just runs away and then you turn around and go sit down and the cat shows back up at your leg." Cara Maria, for her part, worries about Abram's often fiery temper. She confesses, "He's so passionate and so intense that sometimes you just need to get away. He's just got an animal inside him." Will the Battle of the Exes lead the couple to finally fully commit, or will the pressure of the game tear them apart for good?

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Give Me Some Honey Abram SAFE
2 Hook Up SAFE
3 Mental Connection SAFE
4 Rolling in the Deep SAFE
5 Don't Rock the Boat OUT

Battle of the Seasons

Bio: Our seven Real World teams got a rude awakening when Team Fresh Meat arrived as the "surprise" team on Battle of the Seasons. Brandon, Camila, Eric, and Cara Maria bring toughness and experience to the table, but could their late entrance to the game be a disadvantage? As Cara Maria explains, "Being the surprise team, all it does is single us out, there is nothing good about it." Camila arrives in Turkey fresh off her victory in Battle of the Exes, while Eric went a long way toward shedding his "Big Easy" nickname, losing 70 lbs since his last Challenge appearance. "People wanted to use my size against me and let's just see what people want to say about me now," he boasts. Armed with newfound confidence, Eric unexpectedly finds love with one of the game's biggest divas. Rounding out the team is two-time finalist Cara Maria and veteran Brandon, who hopes to redeem himself after making an early exit on Rivals. "For whatever reason, I always get the short end of the stick when it comes to a team or a partner. I'm back to try to prove that I can lead a team to a Final," Brandon declares. Will Fresh Meat's social game measure up to their muscle? Or will drama derail this dysfunctional bunch?

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Don't Cross Me Brandon
2 Oil Change SAFE
3 Hook, Line and Sinker OUT

Rivals II

Episode Challenge Partner Result
2 XXX Games Cooke JUNGLE
3 Mind Over Splatter SAFE
4 Stumped JUNGLE
5 Frog Smash SAFE
6 Frenemies SAFE
7 Blind Leading the Blind SAFE
8 Swingers JUNGLE
9 Rampage SAFE
10/11 Color Correction WIN
11/12 Dream Island SECOND
Nightmare Island

Money Won: $17,500

Note: Cooke's original partner, Naomi, withdrew from the game prior to the first Jungle due to a family emergency back home. Cara Maria was brought in as Cooke's replacement partner prior to the "XXX Games" challenge.

Free Agents

Bio: After three runner-up finishes, Cara Maria is ready to stop being an underdog and take her rightful place as a legitimate threat to win. Cara Maria arrives in Uruguay in the best shape of her life, but believes her mental outlook is keeping her from taking first place. She elaborates, “I know physically I can do anything, but mentally I second-guess myself. It’s almost like I’m afraid to win.” Pegged as an oddball, Cara Maria yearns to break free of the social awkwardness that has plagued her in the past. Is Free Agents finally Cara Maria’s time to shine? Or will her unlucky streak continue?

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Out on a Ledge Team Red SAFE
2 Auto Body Rally Johnny SAFE
3 Bar Crawl Team Cara Maria ELIM
4 Bounce Out Team Yellow ELIM
5 Piggy Back Team Purple WIN
6 Smarty Pants N/A SAFE
7 Sausage Party SAFE
8 Hold That Pose Team Devyn WIN
9 Dug Out Jessica ELIM
10/11 Crossover CT OUT

Battle of the Bloodlines

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Water Battle Jamie SAFE
2 Family Dinner WIN
3/4 Meet Me Halfway Red Team WIN
4/5 Air to the Throne WIN
6 Family Connection WIN
7 Hand Me Down WIN
8 Too Clingy WIN
9 Air Pockets WIN
10 Weight For Me Jamie PIT
11 Truck Crossing PIT
12/13 Final Challenge WINNER

Money Won: $125,000

Invasion of the Champions

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
5/6 Knockout Champions SAFE
7 Roll with the Punches FORTRESS
8 Curry Up SAFE
9/10 Fallout OUT

Note: Cara Maria invaded the competition prior to the "Knockout" challenge as part of a season twist.

XXX: Dirty 30

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 The Purge N/A SAFE
Blue Team WIN
2/3 Cool Under Fire WIN
3/4 Battle Royale Green Team WIN
6/7 Pirates' Treasure CT WIN
7/8 Ups and Downs Dark Blue Team WIN
8/9 Talk Thirty to Me N/A SAFE
11/12 Saved by the Bell Team Nelson SAFE
12/13 Blackout Blue Team OUT
15/16 X Marks the Spot CT WIN
Snaking Your Way Back In N/A SAFE
16/17 Final Challenge Derrick K. SECOND

Money Won: $35,000

Note: Despite being eliminated in Episode 13, Cara Maria returned to the competition in Episode 15 after defeating multiple players in "Redemption".


Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result


Fresh Meat II

Episode Exile Partner Opponents Result
1 Lost and Found Darrell Jillian OUT


Episode Gulag Opponent Result
2 Back Up Off Me Mandi WIN


Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
3 Door Jam Laurel Camila WIN
7 Blast Off Jasmine WIN

Battle of the Exes

Episode Dome Partner Opponents Result
5 X Battle Abram Ty OUT

Battle of the Seasons

Episode Arena Partner Opponents Result
1 Hall Brawl Eric Lacey WIN
3 Knot So Fast Brandon Chet OUT

Rivals II

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
2 Hanging by a Thread Cooke Anastasia WIN
8 Snapper Jonna WIN

Free Agents

Episode Elimination Opponent Result
3 Looper Nia WIN
4 Oppenheimer LaToya WIN
9 Balls In Jessica WIN
10/11 Wrecking Wall Laurel OUT

Battle of the Bloodlines

Episode Pit Partner Opponent(s) Result
10 Through Thick and Thin Jamie Bananas WIN
11 Mine Not Yours N/A Aneesa WIN

Invasion of the Champions

Episode Fortress Opponent Result
7 Pole Wrestle Ashley K. WIN
9/10 Balls In Laurel OUT

Spin-off Gameplay

Champs vs. Pros

Episode Challenge Partner(s) Result
1 Against the Ropes Champs SAFE
2 Tailgate BBQ SAFE
3/4 Out of Bounds SAFE
4 Keep Your Eyes On the Prize SAFE
5 Over the Line WIN
6 No Guts, No Glory WIN
Final Challenge Darrell WINNER

Money Raised: $55,000



  • Cara Maria is currently the female cast member with the most elimination wins in Challenge history.
    • Cara Maria is tied with Aneesa for the female to compete in the most elimination rounds in Challenge history.
  • Cara Maria and MJ are the only cast members that have been used as replacements on The Challenge twice.

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