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How much did Ronda Rousey make? UFC Contract reveals details

LockerRoom Team
26 January 2024

As one of the most iconic figures in UFC history, Ronda Rousey's contracts with the promotion have recently come under scrutiny, revealing the intricate details of her compensation during her time in the octagon.

Upon her initial foray into the UFC, Rousey's contract outlined a $45,000 show purse, accompanied by an additional $45,000 win bonus. The structure also included a progressive incentive system, with a $5,000 increase for each victorious bout. Beyond this, Rousey stood to earn extra income based on pay-per-view performance, receiving $1 for each buy between 200,000 and 400,000, $2 for each buy between 400,000 and 600,000, and $2.50 for each buy exceeding 600,000.

While Rousey missed out on the luxury of a hotel suite, the UFC ensured her comfort with two hotel rooms for up to 8 days before a fight. Travel arrangements included one business class plane ticket for Rousey and two economy tickets for her cornermen. Similar to Brock Lesnar's contract perks, Rousey and her cornermen were granted a daily stipend of $50 each for three meals.

Fight night privileges extended to four tickets for each fight, securing seats within 10 rows of the octagon. If headlining an event, Rousey's contract granted her eight tickets within five rows from the cage.

In the twilight of her UFC career, Rousey's final contract reflected her elevated status. For title fights, she was promised a flat $3,000,000 purse with no win bonus. Building on her earlier pay-per-view bonuses, this contract introduced additional incentives, offering $3 per buy between 600,000 and 900,000, and $4 per buy exceeding 900,000.

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In the absence of a title fight or championship status, Rousey's compensation would revert to a flat $500,000 purse, devoid of win bonuses or pay-per-view points. The detailed breakdown of Rousey's contracts provides a fascinating insight into the evolution of compensation structures for top-tier athletes in the UFC.


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