Here’s a shocker, reigning bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured), the UFC’s golden girl, is well taken care of in the financial department.
In fact, the UFC pays her so well she would prefer to keep her paychecks private.
“The money that I make, I’m very, very happy, and I’m very, very satisfied,” Rousey said in an interview on Bruce Buffer’s ‘It’s Time!’ podcast (transcribed by MMAJunkie). “It’s also very, very private. I don’t want people to know how much money I’m making.”
Rousey received a disclosed $120,000 for beating Alexis Davis in her last outing at UFC 175. She made $90,000 in her UFC debut three fights prior.
Cat Zingano, the #1 contender in the women’s bantamweight division, scored just $31,000 for both of her UFC wins.
The discrepancy in disclosed salary between Rousey’s and those of her female counterparts are enough to cause dissension and jealousy among the women, and some men as well. However, Rousey also enjoys an undisclosed percentage of the pay-per-view revenue from the cards she competes in. Imagine if her peers knew those numbers…
In February, UFC president Dana White claimed Rousey was already one of the UFC’s top 10 career earners after just three fights inside the octagon.
Despite being the queen bee when it comes to stacking chips, Rousey believes all of the women under the UFC’s banner are also well taken care of.
“I can just say I’m very comfortable and very well taken care of,” Rousey said. “So are all these other women, from what I know they’re extremely well taken care of. The UFC is special in that they’re willing to make themselves look bad so the fighters have to deal with less.”
Females in the UFC is still a relatively new thing, so most are just appreciating the opportunity to compete in the big leagues right now. But once the honeymoon is over, best believe there will be some griping. It’s just a matter of who will dare to be the first to speak out on it.
Nonetheless, Rousey is arguably the UFC’s biggest mainstream star, so nobody is denying she should be making bank. If anything, she might still be getting underpaid given her marketing value.
Rousey looks to collect her next fat payday against Zingano. She’s hoping to ride Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s coattails and co-headline UFC 182, scoring yet another big PPV paycheck when the rivals collide in one of the most anticipated scraps in UFC history.