Highest-Paid Not Because Dana White “Wanted to do something Nice for the Ladies”: Ronda Rousey Shut Down a Feminist

Published 03/22/2022, 9:10 AM EDT

Female athletes’ pay in several sports has been a subject of debate. There are many people who have raised concerns over how much money female athletes make compared to their male counterparts. Several prominent sports persons have also provided their thoughts. In an older interview, former UFC champion, Ronda Rousey was asked about the pay dispute that the Australian Women’s soccer team was facing. Therefore, the then UFC star spoke her mind without any hesitation.

Rousey said, “I think that how much you get paid should have something to do with how much money you bring in. I’m the highest-paid fighter, not because Dana and Lorenzo wanted to do something nice to the ladies. They do it because I bring in the highest numbers. They do it because I make them the most money and I think that the money that they make should be proportionate to the money that they bring in.”


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Her answer resulted in cheering and clapping. So it looks like her response is something that the spectators were happy with.

As per ‘Sport Bible‘, Rousey earned a whopping $3 million for her fight against Amanda Nunes in 2016. Thus, there is no doubt that Rousey still remains one of the highest-paid athletes at the UFC.

‘Rowdy’ has had a great MMA career. While she has retired from the sport, her contribution towards women’s MMA cannot be ignored. Her 12 fight winning streak was stopped by Holly Holm. Later on, Nunes too defeated her. Post this, Ronda Rousey retired from MMA.


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However, her run in MMA was extremely dominant. Not a single fight she won was left to the judge’s decision.


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More on Ronda Rousey

After leaving her mixed martial arts career behind, the fighter now has a flourishing WWE career. She has given some extraordinary performances at the wrestling promotion and fans are always hyped to see her in the ring.

COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 03: Ronda Rousey is declared the winner and new bantamweight champion after her fight with Miesha Tate during the Strikeforce event at Nationwide Arena on March 3, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)

Her presence and success in combat sports have surely attracted a lot of attention. What do you make of the above comments from Ronda Rousey? Let us know in the comments.


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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.