Is Ronda Rousey the Highest-Paid Fighter in the UFC?
Ronda Rousey has set major records since her induction into the UFC. The undefeated UFC champ was the first woman signed by owner Dana White. She also has a stellar 12-0 record (nine submissions and three knockouts).
Despite how short her fights tend to be (most lasting under a minute), viewer ratings for a Rousey fight are high. She is arguably the most popular champ in the UFC at the moment, something that is action-packed with implications, given the fact that she is the companies first female fighter.
Her bragging rights have caused people to speculate: How much does Ronda Rousey make? Is she falling victim to the statistical wage disparities between men and women or is Rousey changing the game on yet another level?
The problem with calculating the earnings of a UFC fighter is that the company does not release fighter earnings beyond what they make for showing up for a fight and winning it. Rousey’s last three fights combined lasted just over a minute—combined! For her fight earlier this month against Beth Correia, she made at least $120,000 for her base pay and received a confirmed $50,000 victory bonus. However, that is slightly misleading.
UFC Spokesperon Dave Sholler has confirmed that she is on top. “Rousey is currently making more in UFC compensation than any other current champion. She is the leader in the club house,” said Sholler. Like other UFC fighters, Rousey earned an undisclosed percentage of PPV revenue. Estimates range from $1 to $5 million. If that’s true, she’s pulling in as much as former UFC favorite George St. Pierre who once said he makes between $4 and $5 million per fight.