Ronda Rousey Ranks No. 8 on Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Female Athletes

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 12, 2015

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey banked a reported $6.5 million dollars from June 2014 to June 2015, according to a report from on Wednesday.

Rousey ranks No. 8 among all female athletes during that timeframe, garnering $3 million in fight earnings and another $3.5 million in endorsements, according to the report. The Olympic judoka lists Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl’s Jr. among her sponsors, and she also appeared in three big-budget movies -- “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and “Entourage” -- over the course of the past year.

Rousey fought twice over the 12-month period targeted by Forbes, beating Alexis Davis at UFC 175 last July and Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28. The earnings period does not include what Rousey made at UFC 190, where she dispatched Bethe Correia in 34 seconds on Aug. 1.

The list is dominated by professional tennis players, as seven women from that sport made the top 10 including Maria Sharapova, who was No. 1 with a total earnings of $29.7 million. Sharapova made $6.7 million from tournament winnings, while $23 million came from endorsements. Along with Rousey, the only non-tennis players to make the top 10 were NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and golfer Stacy Lewis.


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