Life isn't too bad when you're champion. Ronda Rousey took home a reported $130,000 in salary earnings for her astounding 14-second UFC bantamweight title defense over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Saturday night, according to information released by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Headlining her third UFC pay-per-view against a fighter many assumed to be the toughest test of her career, Rousey put on a dazzling, record-breaking performance, submitting Zingano with an inverted armlock in the fastest title fight in UFC history. When including her $50,000 fight night bonus, Rousey pocketed a reported $12,857 per second for her win.
Zingano earned $100,000 in the losing effort, which marked the first defeat of her entire professional career.
Aside from the two headliners, only one other fighter on the card cleared a reported six-figure payday. Perennial welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger pocketed $136,000 for his slump-busting submission win over Josh Koscheck, which aired live on UFC 184's pay-per-view. The win proved to be vital, snapping a career-worst three-fight losing streak for Ellenberger.
UFC 184 took place Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Notably, former world champion boxer Holly Holm pulled in $50,000 for her victorious UFC debut against Raquel Pennington, a sum more than three times larger than the usual $8,000/$8,000 Zuffa entry salary.
A complete list of the UFC 184 salaries, according to the CSAC, can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter's total earnings, as sponsorship money, pay-per-view income, and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Ronda Rousey ($65,000 + $65,000 = $130,000) def. Cat Zingano ($100,000)
Holly Holm ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Raquel Pennington ($10,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($68,000 + $68,000 = $136,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($78,000)
Alan Jouban ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richard Walsh ($8,000)
Tony Ferguson ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Gleison Tibau ($50,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Roan Carneiro ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Mark Munoz ($47,000)
Roman Salazar ($8,000) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto ($15,000) ruled a no contest
Tim Means ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Dhiego Lima ($10,000)
Derrick Lewis ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Ruan Potts ($10,000)