Ronda Rousey is arguably one of the most well-known mixed martial artists in the United States. Everyone knows who she is, partially because of her high profile fights, partially because of her larger than life personality, and partially because of her work in the entertainment industry. As a fighter, Rousey’s professional earnings are generally pretty public. In this article, I’m going to be talking about exactly how wealthy Ronda Rousey has been able to come through her career. I’ll also make sure to talk a little bit about how Ronda was able to climb to the top in UFC to begin with. Without further ado, let’s see if we can’t unravel some of the mystery behind with divisive athlete.
Ronda Rousey Net Worth 2017 – $12 Million
How did Ronda Rousey make her money and wealth?
Ronda Rousey was born in February of 1987 in Riverside, California. Her childhood was a little bumpy, with a few events occurring that would prove to be very formative for a young Rousey. As a child, she struggled with some health issues, including apraxia, which caused her to have issues with speech. Apparently, she had apraxia due to the fact that she was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. In order to help her cope with this, her parents moved to North Dakota so that she could receive some of the best and most intensive speech therapy that the country had to offer. When she was still very young, her father broke her back in a sledding accident and learned from his doctors that, although he would survive the injury, he would be a paraplegic for the rest of his life. This news caused him to commit suicide. Ronda Rousey was just eight years old when this happened.
Aside from that tragedy, it’s worth noting that Ronda grew up in a family where athletics was common. Her mother is AnnMaria De Mars, who is very well known in Judo. In 1984, AnnMaria became the first American to win a gold medal at the World Judo Championships. She competed in the -56 kg weight class. Apparently interested in following in her mother’s footsteps, Ronda began judo when she was just 11 years old. She trained with her mother for a good period of time until it became a little too dangerous. (Not for Ronda, mind you. During a practice session one day, she accidentally broke her mother’s wrist.) Ronda showed great proficiency in judo and by the time she was seventeen years old, she had effectively qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games. At such a young age, this made her the youngest judoka competing.
Although she wasn’t able to medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, it still allowed her to really show her stuff at a very high level. She began to attract a lot of attention. This just grew when, in 2004 and 2006, she medaled at the Junior Judo Championships. In 2004, she won gold, and in 2006, she won bronze. This would make her the first American athlete to win two medals at the Junior World level. Rousey would return to the Olympic stage in 2008, when she competed in Beijing. Although she lost in the quarterfinals to Edith Bosch, she was still able to take home a bronze medal in the -70 kg weight class. This was a huge deal, since this would make her the very first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo ever. After this win, she decided to retire from judo altogether.
While she was training in judo, Rousey often heard from others that she would probably be a very successful MMA fighter. So when she finished her career in judo, it isn’t much of a surprise that this gifted athlete decided to look into a career in MMA. She began her career as an amateur in 2010, and she started out strong by beating her first opponent Hayden Munoz in just 23 seconds. She continued to impress at an amateur level until 2011, when she made her professional debut. In said debut, she defeated Ediane Gomes in just 25 seconds. She made her Strikeforce debut in August of 2011 in a fight against Sarah D’Aleilo, which she won by verbal submission. In 2012, she defeated Miesha Tate, Strikeforce’s Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She won in the first round after dislocating Tate’s elbow. She would defend this title just a few months after she first acquired it in a fight against Sarah Kaufman, which she won easily. Ronda became the first female to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in November of 2012, which obviously got a lot of people talking. She would readily defend her championship title over the years.
In February of 2013, she beat Liz Carmouche in the first round, despite suffering a dislocated jaw during the fight. In December of that year, Rousey had a rematch with Miesha Tate in a highly publicized fight where Rousey would win in the third round. In the years to come, Ronda Rousey would become very well known for being a dominant female fighter who was extraordinarily gifted at causing quick finished. In 2014, she beat Alexis Davis in 16 seconds. In 2015, she beat Cat Zingano in 14 seconds. She was an unbeaten fighter, and a lot of people looked up to her. However, in 2015, she lost to Holly Holm in the second round, which would end her incredible winning streak. After a lot of self-reflection, Ronda returned to UFC in late 2016 in order to face Amanda Nunes, who was the reigning Women’s Bantamweight champion at the time. In a rather embarrassing showing, Rousey lost to Nunes in just 48 seconds.
Ronda Rousey Personal Life and FAQs:
Is Ronda Rousey married?
No, Ronda Rousey is not currently married. Her love life has been subject to a lot of scrutiny over the years. She had a high profile relationship with Brendan Schaub, another UFC fighter. Most recently, she has been with Travis Browne, who is also a UFC fighter.
Has Ronda Rousey retired?
After Ronda Rousey’s devastating loss to Amanda Nunes, a lot of people have begun to wonder if Ronda is done with fighting altogether. Rousey herself has said that she hasn’t made a complete decision yet. However, UFC President Dana White has said that he doesn’t think that she plans on returning to the game. Travis Browne, Rousey’s boyfriend, has said that he isn’t sure of Rousey’s plans.
Ronda Rousey Salary and Annual Earnings in 2016
Ronda Rousey only had one fight in 2016, and that was in her fight against Amanda Nunes. Despite the fact that she lost, Rousey took home $3 million from that fight alone. So even though Rousey spent most of her time in 2016 training, she still made a very pretty penny.
How much does Ronda Rousey make per fight?
In UFC, the amount of money that someone is paid for a fight is generally pretty public. It’s worth noting that her fight against Amanda Nunes was kind of an outlier, since UFC knew that so many people would tune in to watch Rousey attempt to redeem herself from her loss against Holly Holm. Sometimes, Rousey would fight someone and only end up making a few thousand dollars. If you took an average, though, Ronda Rousey typically makes about $1.5 – $2 million per fight.
Ronda Rousey Accomplishments
Although some may think that Ronda Rousey’s fighting career is over, she definitely had a very admirable one. In 14 total fights in mixed martial arts, she has won 12. Three of those were by knockout and nine of those were by submission. She has a bronze Olympic medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. She has four medals from the Pan American Judo Championships between 2004 and 2007. She also has a silver medal from the 2007 World Championships at Rio de Janeiro. Needless to say, she has had quite the prolific career in fighting of all sorts.