While speaking with the legendary Larry King this week, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey revealed that she will soon be among the highest paid fighters in the history of the UFC.
King spoke with Rousey about the pay discrepancy in Hollywood between male and female actors, and asked the UFC champion if the pay between male and female fighters in MMA is the same.
“Well, I don’t know exactly what everyone else’s contract looks like,” said Rousey. “But I think within the next few fights I’ll be in the top five to ten money-making of all time in MMA. So, I’m paid well.”
In keeping with the business themed discussion, Rousey also spoke about how she feels a pay-per-view fight between she and Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino would perform.
When asked if she feels their fight would top the two million pay-per-view buy mark, Rousey said, “Maybe. I think it definitely would.”
From there, Rousey took some time to focus on the fight itself, pulling no punches in what she feels of Cyborg.
“I don’t like cheaters, in general,” said Rousey. “She takes steroids and she walks into a cage with a weapon and tries to hurt women with it. She doesn’t deserve to have that advantage.
“If she can make 145 pounds pumped up full of steroids then she can get off the juice and make weight like everybody else and fight. I don’t see why I have to make an exception for a con artist when she doesn’t deserve any exception at all.”
Ronda Rousey returns to the Octagon on August 1, 2015, as she defends her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against undefeated number one contender Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.