Miesha Tate’s UFC fight purse: How much money the former bantamweight champion has earned in UFC?

Published 07/17/2021, 9:38 AM EDT
March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miesha Tate applies a chokehold to win by submission against Holly Holm during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Former UFC bantamweight queen, Miesha Tate ends his Octagon hiatus of almost five years as she returns this weekend to action. ‘Cupcake’ will take on Marion Reneau in what will be her tenth appearance in the promotion. A decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor was her last act inside the Octagon.

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Tate became the UFC bantamweight champion at UFC 196 when she submitted Holly Holm at UFC 196: McGregor vs Diaz. She has fought the biggest names in the promotion and her 5-fight winning streak on the way to the 135 lbs strap was remarkable. Ahead of Tate’s return this weekend, we take a look at the total earnings she has made in her time in the UFC.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Miesha Tate reacts after her submission victory over Holly Holm in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Tate made her first UFC appearance at TUF 17 finale in a loss against Cat Zingano. She took home $78,000 that night with show money of $28,000 and $50,000 for the Fight Of The Night bonus.

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A detailed look into the UFC earnings of Miesha Tate

At UFC 168, Tate suffered a loss against Ronda Rousey. She again earned a Fight of The Night bonus of $75,000 and show money of $28,000, making her earning a total of $103,000. Tate earned $56,000 in her first UFC win against Liz Carmouche. Show money and a win bonus of $28,000 each made up that number for her.

In her next win over Rin Nakai, Tate made a total of $66,000. Show money and win bonus of $33,000 each made up those numbers for her. At UFC 183 Tate defeated Sara McMann taking home a total of $76,000 with $38,000 each for show money and win bonus.

Tate earned $89,000 in her next win over Jessica Eye. $42,000 worth of show money and win bonus each and a Reebok sponsorship of $5,000 earned her that sum.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Miesha Tate prior to her bout against UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

At UFC 196, Tate defeated Holm to become the UFC bantamweight champion earning $172,000 in the process. Win bonus and show money of $46,000 each, $50,000 of Performance of the Night, and $30,000 worth of Reebok sponsorship earned her that sum.

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Tate’s earnings after becoming a UFC champion

Tate made the most earning of her career at her UFC 200 loss against Amanda Nunes. As a champion going into the contest, ‘Cupcake‘ earned $500,000 to show up and $40,000 from Reebok sponsorship.

In her last UFC appearance against Raquel Pennington, Tate earned $60,000 getting $50,000 of show money and $10,000 from Reebok sponsorship.

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It will be interesting to see how the former champion fares upon her return to the UFC Octagon this weekend. Who is your pick for the fight?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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