MMAinterviews was told from a source close to Carmouche’s camp that Ronda Rousey will be earning $75,000 to show, plus a cut of pay per view when she defends her UFC title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. Carmouche will be earning $12,000 to show and $12,000 to win, according to the source.
Rousey’s manager Darin Harvey eventually contacted MMAinterviews and refuted those statements , saying that those numbers are false, but did not disclose any further information on her contract. This story has been edited to include that and a quote from him.
“Dana White takes very good care of his stars and you cannot go by commission numbers.”
Whether or not the base show pay is correct or not, the real money will likely be made through the pay-per-view dollars the former Olympian will earn.
Rousey became the first female UFC fighter and champion recently, and will make further history when she locks horns with former U.S. Marine Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23 at UFC 157.
Carmouche is making waves of her own, as the first openly gay UFC fighter to go along with competing in the first female fight inside the octagon.
Ticket sales have reportedly been slow for the event going down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, but those numbers and the pay per view numbers will likely wind up making Dana White and the UFC quite happy.