Ronda Rousey Career Earnings In UFC
Ronda Rousey career earnings the UFC total up to more than $4.3 million.
Rousey, 32, is widely regarded as a pioneer in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).
After becoming an Olympic level judoka early in life, Rousey pivoted into fighting and quickly established herself as the biggest name in the Strikeforce promotion.
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She would go on to win the 135-pound belt in that organization, and her efforts would change the course of UFC history forever.
Impressed with talent, charisma and beauty, Dana White made Rousey the first woman to ever headline a UFC main event.
White’s confident was not misplaced.
From February 2013 to August 2015 Rousey won the UFC Bantamweight championship of the world and defended it five times.
Rousey defended her belt against the likes of Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Correia.
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In November 2015, Rousey suffered the first loss of her career when she dropped the 135 pound title to Holly Holm.
Rousey would fight only once more in the UFC – at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes. She ultimately lost that bout in the first round and retired.
There have been some rumblings that she may return at some point, but some of the UFC’s sharpest minds seem confident that she is done for good.
When pressed on the matter recently, Joe Rogan indicated that he does not see her ever returning.
“No,” Rogan said.
“I don’t think she wants to. I think Ronda is a strong woman. She decides she’s done, she’s done. She’s going to move on. I don’t think she wanted to keep doing it.”
Part of that is because he doesn’t believe Rousey’s game ever evolved past what made it originally successful.
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“She had a very singular attack,” he said.
“Armbar. It was all armbars.
“I think if she went to American Top Team […] She would have to separate and move to a real camp,” he continued.
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“She would have to train with real trainers, a real group of killers, grappling trainers, wrestling trainers, make sure she’s got the best sparring partners, and more importantly, a real mind. [Tristar’s] Firas Zahabi, somebody like that, or [American Top Team’s] Mike Brown, or [Roufusport’s] Duke Roufus — someone. A top of the food chain person — [AMC Pankration’s] Matt Hume — a top of the food chain coach.”
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) September 4, 2019
It remains to be seen if Rousey ever expresses any desire to return to the octagon.
Please find Rousey’s full earnings breakdown below.
Keep in mind that these are disclosed earnings only, and don’t take into account any secret bonuses or undisclosed payments that may have been made.
Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte – Aug 12, 2011 – Win (D’Alelio) – $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus)
Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs Sayers – Nov 18, 2011 – Win (Budd) – $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus)
Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey – Mar 3, 2012 – Win (Tate) – $32,000 ($15,000 to show, $17,000 win bonus)
Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman – Aug 18, 2012 – Win (Kaufman) – $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus)
UFC 157 – Feb 23, 2013 – Win (Carmouche) – $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 win bonus)
UFC 168 – Dec 28, 2013 – Win (Tate) – $250,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
UFC 170 – Feb 22, 2014 – Win (McMann) – $160,000 ($55,000 to show, $55,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
UFC 175 – Jul 5, 2014 – Win (Davis) – $170,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
UFC 184 – Feb 28, 2015 – Win (Zingano) – $180,000 ($65,000 to show, $65,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
UFC 190 – Aug 1, 2015 – Win (Correia) – $230,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)
UFC 193 – Nov 14, 2015 – Loss (Holm) – $165,000 ($75,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)
UFC 207 – Dec 30, 2016 – Loss (Nunes) – $3,030,000 ($3,000,000 to show, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)
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Ronda Rousey Career Earnings: $4,363,000
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