Prior to entering the world of MMA, Ronda Rousey was a bronze medalist in Judo from the Summer Olympics.
So, which achievement do you think has provided her better in terms of finances? Becoming UFC female bantamweight champion or winning Olympic bronze?
“Even if they didn’t ever give me anything extra, I would still be happy because you know what I made as an Olympian? Nothing. It cost me money,” said Rousey, during a media session recently (thanks to MMAFighting.com for the quotes). “I have a comparison with how I was treated as an Olympian to how I’m treated as a UFC fighter and I always feel like I’m just so lucky to work with a company that I feel like actually cares.
“There’s times where they give me more than they’re contractually obligated to or more than I even expect. That’s why I always trust them so much.”
Rousey will return to the Octagon next weekend against Cat Zingano at UFC 184.
After clawing her way to the Octagon, Rousey doesn’t feel the need to demand anything. She’s also found her way to movie roles and other gigs along the way thanks to her fame in the sport.
“I got my first house, I got a car; what else do I need?” she said. “I don’t need a private island. My house is paid off. My car is paid off. I just need to buy dog food and pay my taxes; that’s pretty much it.
“The only thing I want to do now is fight and they made that possible for me and I’m eternally grateful.”