'Money' Mayweather is an apt nickname for the boxing legend. The undefeated boxer earned a staggering $180 million in his fight with Manny Pacquiao earlier in May. The pound for pound best in MMA get paid a substantially lower amount but that's to be expected given that the sport is still in its infancy.
One of the issues brought up by Yahoo News correspondent Bianna Golodryga was the disparity in fighter pay between female star Ronda Rousey and pay-per-view giant, Floyd Mayweather. 'Rowdy' ushered in a new era for mixed martial arts when she became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC in 2012. In a three-year span, the former Olympian has catapulted to the top of the pound for pound rankings and emerged as one of the sport's most prolific figures.
Golodryga challenged Rousey on the gap in fighter pay between herself and Mayweather in an interview, but the bantamweight champ is very comfortable with her salary. She says it would take around 50 fights to almost equal the amount of money Mayweather has made.
'You being at the height of your sport maybe make what? A million dollars at most per fight? Does that anger you and what can we do to change that?' Yahoo News interviewer Bianna Golodryga asked her.
'If I got to a point where I had almost 50 fights, I would probably be making close to the same amount of money as Floyd does', Rousey replied, adding she was 'very comfortable' with the amount she earns.
'But at this point, I have 11, so I can't expect it to be exactly equal yet, I don't think. I have to put more time in.'
Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight title for the sixth time against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on August 1st. The Judo ace knocked out her Brazilian rival in just thirty-four seconds and it's expected that Rowdy will square off with Miesha Tate for the third time before the year's end, possibly at the famed Dallas cowboys stadium.
(Transcripts via the DailyMail)