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The Curious Case of Ronda Rousey’s UFC Contract

Written by Tom Ngo
January 8th, 2013
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With the Octagon in the midst of a three-week hiatus, fight fans have been scouring the Internet for interesting subjects to bide their time with. The terms of Ronda Rousey’s (Pictured) UFC contract emerged as this week’s hot topic when a report surfaced regarding the financial terms of Rousey’s watershed deal.

MMAInterviews claimed the UFC’s first female athlete inked a contract that would guarantee her $75,000 for her debut, another $75k if she was victorious against Liz Carmouche and a piece of UFC 157‘s pay-per-view pie.

UFC president Dana White caught wind of the numbers and quickly rebuffed its legitimacy.

“[M]ma interviews whoever the hell they are is full of [expletive],” White posted on the UG Forums.

Rousey earned a reported $40,000 in her final Strikeforce bout against Sarah Kaufman.

Fun fact: Reigning UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson reportedly scored a total of $78,000 in last month’s victory over Nate Diaz.

SI.com did a little more digging and discovered Rousey insisted on signing a six-fight deal with the UFC instead of committing herself to eight scraps. Team “Rowdy’s” thinking is that her stock will skyrocket after each UFC win and that would be the best way to maximize her earning potential.

Fair enough. Seems like a calculated roll of the dice that’s worth taking. Especially when you consider White has admitted the females’ future in the UFC hinges on Rousey’s ability to remain undefeated.

As far as Rousey’s paycheck goes, we’ll find out soon enough because the UFC is required to submit her disclosed salary to the California State Athletic Commission after her February 23rd premiere inside Honda Center in Anaheim.

However, we’ll never know what Rousey will pocket in PPV percentages, nor how much the UFC may pay her with their top secret discretionary bonuses.

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