Coming up in just a few weeks, Ronda Rousey well defend the newly minted women's Bantamweight title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. The fight will mark an historical milestone for the UFC as the first ever women's MMA fight in the promotion's 19 year history. Rousey was crowned the division's champion at the UFC On Fox 5 press conference in December and Carmouche announced as her first contender.
On Sunday, MMA Interviews got wind of what the ladies will be taking home after their fight:
MMAinterviews was told from a source close to Carmouche's camp that Ronda Rousey will be earning $75,000 to show and $75,000 to win, plus a cut of pay per view when she defends her UFC title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. Carmouche will only be earning $12,000 to show and $12,000 to win according to the source. Rousey's manager Darin Harvey refuted those statements, saying that those numbers are false, but did not disclose any further information on her contract.
For comparison's sake, if these rumors are true, Ronda Rousey will become the highest paid champion south of the Welterweight division. When the men's Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defended his title for the first time in the UFC at UFC 132, he brought home a reported $40K (includes $20K win bonus). Although, never officially reported by the UFC, Featherweight champion Jose Aldo's salary is estimated at $24K/$24K (here), while Demetrious Johnson is estimated at $20K/$20K (here). Lightweight champion Ben Henderson tops the lighter weight classes at $39K/$39K which he took home from UFC On Fox 5.
UFC 157 is coming up on February 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. In the co-main event Light Heavyweights Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida will fight for a possible title shot.
UPDATE: Rousey's manager has denied these figures, per MMA Interviews:
Rousey's manager Darin Harvey refuted those statements, saying that those numbers are false, but did not disclose any further information on her contract. He did say, "Dana White takes very good care of his stars and you cannot go by commission numbers."
UPDATE: Dana White took to the UG to deny the report as well:
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Posted: 1.7.12 9:30 AM ET
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