There's no doubting Ronda Rousey is doing ok when it comes to money. She is the most recognisable female fighter in MMA and has yet to lose a fight (10-0 MMA 4-0 UFC).
So how much money does Rousey make? Apparentely it's no ones business but her own!
Private Salary... Kind of
We do know that she pocketed a cool $120,000 for her 16 second knockout of Alexis Davis in July. $60,000 for taking part and $60,000 for winning. She will have earned more though, through incentives, sponsorship, PPV and bonuses.
So whilst many Sports stars like to show off their wealth (I'm looking at you Mayweather) Rousey prefers to remain private about her earnings:
"The money that I make, I'm very, very happy, and I'm very, very satisfied," Rousey told Bruce Buffer's "It's Time!" podcast. "It's also very, very private. I don't want people to know how much money I'm making. I can just say I'm very comfortable and very well taken care of. So are all these other women, from what I know they're extremely well taken care of."
Rousey the cream of the crop
The other female fighters may be well looked after however what they earn is minor compared to the undefeated Rousey.
No doubt she is the best in the business, she is the most entertaining and she ticks all the boxes but compare her salary to the number one contender Cat Zingano - who is impressive in her own right and looks set to face off against Rousey at UFC 182 in January. Zingano made $18,000 from her impressive UFC 172 victory over Amanda Nunes. Nothing close to $160,000.
As mentioned however, Rousey ticks all the boxes, she is talented, entertaining in and outside the octagon and not bad to look at. These traits draw in more crowds and viewers all over the world so its no surprise that she is top of the payroll.
Rousey said that it's key for fighters to find their niche outside the ring which will help them thrive in the ring:
“Everyone has their own way and we don’t all have to do it the same way. Not everyone has to try and dress up super pretty or they don’t have to all try to say crazy things. Look at how Rory MacDonald does it. He dresses a certain way and has the demeanor of ‘American Psycho’ and everyone loves it.”
Rowdy also wouldn't confirm that the rumored fight at UFC 182 will take place but says she expects a fight with Zingano to happen sooner rather than later.
She also paid tribute to Zangano, who's husband took his own life back in January, saying she had a lot of respect for the fighter:
“I really, really like Cat; I really do,” Rousey said. “The year that she’s had before this has been absolutely terrible. To see her come through all of that and get right back into it again, it really is so motivating for me, too. Even though I’m her competition. I told her, I promised her, ‘One day we are going to have the title fight that you deserve. I’m going to beat you, but we’re going to have it.’ She understands that’s coming from a good place."
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