Fans are often cautioned, when UFC salaries are reported, that the numbers put on paper may not reflect the amount that fighters are actually going to pocket. Whether it's locker room bonuses, PPV points, or sponsorship dollars, MMA salaries are always something of a mystery, even when we have the official athletic commission numbers right in front of us. Case in point, UFC 184 and more particularly Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano. LA Times Sports Reporter Lance Pugmire Tweeted out, today, that Rousey is expected to pull in $65,000/$65,000 for her spot in the PPV main event. The big surprise is that her opponent, Cat Zingano, will be reportedly making $100,000/$100,000 to take on the champ.
California commission tells me @RondaRousey guaranteed purse is 65,000 dollars and 65,000 more with a win.— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) February 27, 2015
And @CatZingano gets 100,000 guarantee plus 100,000 for a win.— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) February 27, 2015
The reason for the challenger to be making so much more than the champ? PPV points. Pugmire also reported that Ronda Rousey is expected to earn over a $1 million off the UFC 184 PPV.
Rousey's contract is reported to include PPV points that are paid on a tiered basis. We have been told from a source that she can expect to make around half a million dollars if the show sells 300,000 or more PPVs. In addition, sources tell Bloody Elbow that she has a side agreement with the UFC that should guarantee she makes over $1 million tomorrow night.*
UFC 184 takes place this Saturday, Feburary 28th in Los Angeles, California. The card is headlined by the women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Cat Zingano. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news, analysis, and results.
*Bloody Elbow has edited our original post after conferring with a source.
The text originally read: "Rumored side deals suggest that Rousey gets between $2-3 per PPV Buy over 100,000. So, if UFC 184 pulls in 350k viewers, she'd be making about $800,000. Factor in her endorsement deals with the UFC and Reebok, and it's not hard to see her crossing that million dollar mark."