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Seven years later Ronda Rousey is one of the highest-earning female athletes on earth

13 Aug 2015 14:10    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Exactly seven years after her Olympic bronze medal, Forbes unveils that former judoka Ronda Rousey is now in the list of best earning female athletes in the world. Just on this day in 2008 Masae Ueno, Anaisis Hernandez, Edith Bosch and Ronda Rousey took a medal in Beijing.

According to a new study of business magazine Forbes, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is the eighth-highest paid female athlete in the world.

From June 2014 to June 2015, Forbes states that Rousey has made a total of $6.5 million, of which $3 million have been earned through salaries and winnings, and $3.5 million through endorsements.

Rousey has had the most successful 12 months of her career during time of the study. In that span, she had two victories in a combined time of just 30 seconds, a best-selling book (her biography My Fight/Your Fight), appearances in three Hollywood movies (The Expendables 3, Fast and Furious 7, and Entourage), a Sports Illustrated cover and multiple endorsement deals with Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl's Jr, among others.

Not only is Rousey the only combat-sports athlete that made the list, she is also one of only three non-tennis players, alongside NASCAR driver Danica Patrick (No. 4) and golfer Stacy Lewis (No. 9). Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova topps the list with earnings of $28.1 million, followed by fellow tennis players Serena Williams ($24.6 million) and Caroline Wozniacki ($14.6 million).

Expect to see Rousey's stock rise even more over the next 12 months. The "Rowdy" champion headlined what is expected to be the best-selling UFC pay-per-view of this year, a 34-second knockout over Bethe Correia, with estimated buys in the range of seven-figures. She also landed a role in Mark Wahlberg's movie Mile 22, will star in her own movie in an adaption of her biography, and will likely face Miesha Tate in another huge title fight later this year.


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