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Morning Report: Ronda Rousey says she'll soon be among top 5-10 highest all-time earners in MMA history

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With all the talk of what the UFC's Reebok could be doing, or not doing, for fighters, it's good to know at least one female athlete is getting by.

Speaking to part-time actress Ronda Rouseythe prolific interviewer Larry King asked the UFC women's bantamweight champion if the pay discrepancy between male and female fighters resembled the one between Hollywood's elite.

"Well, I don't know exactly what everyone else's contract looks like, but I think within the next few fights I'll be in the top five to 10 money-making of all time in MMA," Rousey said. "So I'm paid well."

Although Rousey has previously stated she prefer the world not knowing exactly how much money she earns, UFC president Dana White has been hinting at her status for quite a while.

Speaking with media prior to UFC 170 in 2014, White said depending on how the pay-per-view results did Rousey could break into the company's top 10 all-time career earners in just her third UFC fight.

Rousey reportedly earned $65,000 to show and $65,000 to win her 14 second title defense to Cat Zingano at UFC 184 in February, but stood to pocket over $1 million through her pay-per-view back end cut with tiered points.

A benefactor of 'pay-per-view points,' Rousey was asked if she believed a grudge match with Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg would exceed two million PPV buys.

"Maybe," said Rousey. "I think it definitely would."

As per usual, Rousey was anything but complementary of her chief rival.

"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."

Rousey defends her title to No. 1 contender Bethe Correia Aug. 1 at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



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Get a room.



Announced yesterday (June 2 2015)

Paul Daley vs. Dennis Olson at Bellator 140


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