Undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may not have made the ‘official’ list of MMA’s highest paid fighters for 2015, but she’s here to let us know that her incentive-laden deal most certainly makes her the highest paid fighter in the world’s biggest promotion.
Appearing on today’s ‘Ellen,’ with Ellen Degeneres, ‘Rowdy’ proclaimed that it felt good to assuredly state that she was indeed the UFC’s highest paid fighter:
“I’m the highest paid fighter in the UFC,” Rousey said. “It’s pretty cool. It’s fun to say.”
Even though Forbes magazine reported that Rousey was one of sports’ highest paid female athletes with $6.5 million in total earnings in 2014, it’s impossible to say what her real earnings are from her biggest fights. For example, she made a reported salary of $130,000 for her dominant 14-second win over Cat Zingano in February, yet the true number is obviously much, much bigger.
She went on to defeat Bethe Correia in the main event of August 1’s UFC 190 from Rio de Janeiro, and her star took off in a big way when she supposedly brought I the biggest PPV numbers of 2015, making her perceived haul likely a massive one.
That should only get bigger when she takes on boxing champion Holly Holm in the main event of November 14’s UFC 193 from Australia’s Etihad Stadium, where Rousey is expected to break the UFCs attendance record for a single event.
Having taken an absolutely massive leap in star power in 2015, she’s already the UFC’s highest paid fighter and biggest star despite Conor McGregor bragging about how much money he makes at every chance. Watch her full interview with Ellen here: