How is it possible to win when you actually lose? Easy, just ask Ronda Rousey.
Rousey tied Conor McGregor by scoring a UFC record $3 million in disclosed salary for merely stepping into the cage Saturday at UFC 207. However, Rousey topped McGregor in money made per second, as she pocketed $62,500 for each second of her TKO loss to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (pictured).
Oh, and that’s not even including the millions more Rousey will make in total after receiving her piece of the show’s pay-per-view buys.
Nunes, meanwhile, made $200,000, with half of her paycheck coming via win bonus, for plastering Rousey.
Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.
Additionally, they do not contain sponsorship money paid by Reebok or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
It is believed Nunes and Dominick Cruz will also receive PPV bonuses.
UFC 202 took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Here are UFC 207’s disclosed salaries released by the Nevada Athletic Commission:
Tim Means: $35,000 vs. Alex Oliveira: $28,000 (No contest after Oliveira received illegal knee)
Niko Price: $24,000 ($12,000 to show/$12,000 to win)
Defeats Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Alex Garcia: $36,000 ($18,000 to show/$18,000 to win)
Defeats Mike Pyle: $55,000
Antonio Carlos Junior: $42,000 ($21,000 to show/$21,000 to win)
Defeats Marvin Vettori: $12,000
Neil Magny: $114,000 ($47,000 to show/$47,000 to win/$20,000 from Hendricks)
Defeats Johny Hendricks: $80,000*
Ray Borg: $30,600 ($18,000 to show/$18,000 to win)**
Defeats Louis Smolka: $37,400 ($5,400 from Borg)
Dong Hyun Kim: $134,000 ($67,000 to show/$67,000 to win)
Defeats Tarec Saffiedine: $40,000
T.J. Dillashaw: $200,000 ($100,000 to show/$100,000 to win)
Defeats John Lineker: $43,000
Cody Garbrandt: $200,000 (no win bonus)
Defeats Dominick Cruz: $350,000 (no win bonus)
Amanda Nunes: $200,000 ($100,000 to show/$100,000 to win)
Defeats Ronda Rousey: $3 million
**Hendricks forfeited 20 percent of his show money ($20,000) to Magny for missing weight
*Borg forfeited 30 percent of his show money ($5,400) to Smolka for missing weight