Ronda Rousey: ‘I’m the highest paid fighter in the UFC’
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is living large these days as the biggest superstar in the promotion while also crossing over into films with several starring roles, including the upcoming remake of “Road House”.
Earlier this year, Rousey was named as one of the top-10 highest-paid female athletes in all of sports and according to her, she’s making more than any other fighter on the entire UFC roster.
Rousey appeared on “The Ellen Show” with host Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, where she revealed that she is definitely getting paid a lot of money whenever she steps into the Octagon to fight.
"I’m the highest paid fighter in the UFC," Rousey said. "It’s pretty cool. It’s fun to say."
Obviously, Rousey didn’t reveal exact figures when it came to her paydays, but considering the UFC does not disclose information such as bonuses or points earned from Pay-Per-View buys, those numbers could be astronomical compared to her contracted money.
Rousey’s contracted pay for her fight against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 was not released, but her bout against Cat Zingano in February earned the women’s champion a reported $130,000. That number does not represent how much Rousey earned from the back end of the Pay-Per-View, where the bulk of her salary from the UFC is actually generated.
Rousey’s last bout against Correia in Brazil reportedly pulled the biggest Pay-Per-View numbers for the UFC thus far in 2015, and her next fight against Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Australia is expected to break the all-time attendance record in organizational history with more than 70,000 fans expected at the show.
According to Forbes, Rousey made approximately $6.5 million last year, but those figures are based only on estimations and may not include all of her actual pay from the UFC.
In addition to the revelation about her pay with the UFC, Rousey also discussed her emotional state before fights where she routinely breaks down and cries just hours before walking out to the Octagon.
There’s no mistaking the steely glare Rousey has when looking across the Octagon at her opponent, but she’s not against shedding a few tears beforehand just to get all of her emotions out before going to work.
"I’m the biggest crier. Especially fight week when I’m about to fight, I’m the most emotional," Rousey said. "Like my last fight, I totally cried the day before that. You’re so amped up and it’s every emotion you could possibly have happens that week. It’s like the most stress, the most anxiety, the most pressure possible and then it’s the happiest you could possibly be.
"It’s all these things and sometimes you can’t hold it in. It’s got to leak out of somewhere like your eyes."
Rousey also put on a physical demonstration of her skills as she flipped a producer from the show around a mock Octagon to show off what she’s capable of doing when fighting.
Rousey said it’s been a dream to appear on “The Ellen Show” ever since she started doing MMA so she can check another item off her bucket list as 2015 continues to be her biggest year yet.