MMA: I earn more than Money, says Rousey

Ronda Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion and occasional actress, at the premiere of the film Entourage in June. It was her third movie.
Ronda Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion and occasional actress, at the premiere of the film Entourage in June. It was her third movie.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Ronda Rousey reckons she earns more per second in the ring than boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather - and she does not think much of his literacy, either.

A few weeks after saying she could beat Mayweather in a no-holds-barred bout, the UFC women's champion suggested she was the real money-making machine in combat sports.

Rousey, 28, was stopped in Los Angeles by TMZ Sports, and told them: "I think I actually make two to three times more than he does per second... so when he learns to read and write, he can text me."

She reportedly earned an estimated US$5 million (S$7 million) from her UFC bantamweight championship bout earlier this month against Bethe Correia, who lasted just 34 seconds into the first round.

Rousey added: "Floyd said, '(When) you make US$300 million a night, then you can give me a call.' I actually did the math, and given the numbers of my last fight, I'm actually the highest-paid UFC fighter."

In June, Forbes estimated that Mayweather earned US$300 million in the past 12 months, making him the world's highest-paid athlete.

When pressed by TMZ on whether she really makes more than the boxer does per second, Rousey said: "Yeah. I'm just more efficient."

Her claims brought a reaction from Mayweather, who fired back: "Last time I checked, I was No. 1 on Forbes. She will never be at my status. Keep trying to get publicity."

Rousey has been teasing Mayweather recently, claiming that she could beat boxing's biggest champion in a no-rules mixed martial arts-style fight in the octagon ring.

Last month, after she won an ESPY award for best fighter, for which Mayweather - who has a reputation for being a woman-beater - was a nominee, she said: "I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once."

Rousey is the only women's bantamweight champion in the UFC's history. A two-time US Olympic judoka, she has dominated her new sport. Undefeated in 12 bouts, her past three fights have clocked in at 64 seconds combined.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2015, with the headline 'I earn more than Money, says Rousey'. Print Edition | Subscribe