It’s not advisable to approach Rhonda Rousey on the street and ask her how much money she has in the bank – the mixed martial artist may not take to the question kindly and that could lead to a negative outcome to the questioner.
So why not let us do the heavy lifting for you?
What Is Ronda Rousey’s Net Worth?
The fact is, Ronda Rousey is doing very well for herself, with an estimated net worth of $12 million as of 2019, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She splits her wealth from her former life as an octagon-fighting champion and as an entrepreneur and advertising supernova.
Rousey has earned her wealth fair and square, climbing into the ring with some tough and talented adversaries, while touting brand name products like Twizzlers at a reported salary rate of $217,000, according to Forbes (no wonder Rousey’s Twizzlers commercials are so short and sweet.)
What’s to learn about Ronda Rousey and her net worth? Keep reading, and we’ll keep you up to speed financially on one of the world’s toughest women fighters, one roundhouse right at a time.
Ronda Rousey’s Early Career
At 5 feet 7 inches and 135 pounds, Ronda Rousey is a UFC champion bantamweight fighter, and high-profile wrestler who recently appeared in WrestleMania 35, in the event’s first-ever “all women” free-for-all fight (she ultimately lost the title, facing off against Charlotte Flair, while Becky Lynch won the event.)
Rousey did win her category in WrestleMania 34 in April of 2018 in New Orleans, cementing her status as one of the world’s most celebrated women fighters.
But it wasn’t wrestling where Rousey earned her fame. That came from a background in judo, which Rousey excelled at in the early 2000s, earning back-to-back gold medals in the 2005 and 2006 Pan American Championships and garnering a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.
Rousey opted to step away from judo and, working as a bartender in her native Southern California (where she reportedly lived out of her car for a short spell), she signed up with the Glendale Fighting Club in suburban Los Angeles.
There, Rousey made her mark in a big way, winning her first three fights all within one minute of the first round.
Further morphing into the sport of mixed martial arts, Rousey found more success in the ring in 2010, where she launched a new career in the sport, ultimately becoming UFC Bantamweight Champion.
Fight in the mixed martial art circuit, Rousey didn’t lose a fight from 2010 to 2015. In the process, Rousey gained worldwide attention, which in turn shone a spotlight on professional women’s UFC fighting, earning her millions in the process.
Rousey switched courses again in 2018, deciding to try her hand on the WWE wrestling circuit, a pastime she focused on through mid-2019, appearing in several WrestleMania events.
Rousey’s professional wrestling career could prove to be short-lived, too. Recently, she told ESPN she is interested in taking some time off so she and her husband can start a family.
Rousey’s Success as a UFC Fighter and WWE Wrestler
No story about Ronda Rousey is complete without a closer look at her reign as a champion UFC fighter.
After her sterling start in mixed martial arts in the southern California region, Rousey broke out and soon became the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion in 2012, besting Miesha Tate in a well-attended and well-received 4 minutes, 30 seconds match.
Parlaying her fresh, beach look and street-tough persona, Rousey soon found herself on the cover of ESPN the Magazine and began appearing on late night talk shows, thus establishing a national profile.
Rousey then cut a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, previously a “men-only” deal that changed forever as Rousey became the first woman to sign on with the UFC.
Planted in the newly-formed UFC Bantamweight Division, Rousey won a celebrated fight over Liz Carmouche, in February of 2012, prevailing in a relatively lengthy 4:49 and winning the first-ever UFC women’s title in the process.
Rousey retained her title in mid-2013, once again besting Tate in a championship bout that lasted three rounds. She held the UFC women’s title for the next two years, until she was beaten badly by Holly Holm in 2015, losing a widely-viewed second-round knockout in stunning fashion.
Interestingly, Rousey predicted how she would ultimately lose her title, telling Jimmy Fallon one month before the fight that she would be knocked off “by a kick in the head”, which is exactly what happened in her second-round loss to Holm.
Rousey got up off the mat and tried to regain her title in another high-profile bout in December 2016, at UFC 2017. There she lost again to Amanda Nunes in another decisive loss, with Rousey suffering a knockout loss in 48 seconds.
That would be Rousey’s last UFC title fight, although she was elected as the first-ever women UFC Hall of Famer in June, 2018.
After dabbling as an action-oriented actor in Hollywood, where she appeared in the 2014 film “The Expendables 3″ and then the 2015 movie “Mile 22″ with Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey opted to climb back into the ring – this time as a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE – Get Report) wrestler in 2018.
Rousey’s entry into the WWE kicked off on April 8, 2018, appearing in WrestleMania 34. There she paired up with fellow WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to hammer Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in what proprietors billed as a “mixed match challenge.”
Ronda Rousey Endorsements
Rousey leveraged her now global persona to start a lucrative sideline career as an advertising pitch woman.
She kicked that career off with deals in partnership with Reebok, Carls Jr., Metro PCS, and Monster headphones, along with her pricey deal with Twizzlers.
Rousey also invested as a co-owner in a nutritional supplement company called Max Effort Muscle, further leveraging her sparkling career in the ring.
She has also earned further acclaim – and more dollars – with a deal to appear in an EA Sports Videogame, and from penning a best-selling book “My Fight/Your Fight.”
How Does Ronda Rousey Spend Her Money?
Rousey is fairly tight-lipped on how she spends her money, but she has left clues on her spending habits.
In 2015, prior to her fight with Holly Holm, Rousey told the media that she wanted to spend some of her octagon cash on vertical gardens, which cost about $180 each at any major home improvement store.
Rousey also loves to dote on her pets, especially Mochi, her 10-year-old purebred Dogo Argentino, Milly, her teenage donkey, and Max, Rousey’s purebred alpine goat.
She has said in the past that the care and feeding of her animal family is a big priority, and it’s safe to say that Mochi, Milly, Max and the rest of her brood are well taken care of by Rousey and her husband.
Ronda Rousey’s Home
Rousey and her husband, Travis Brown, have planted deep roots at Browsey Acres, a sustainable ranch home located in Riverside, Calif.
The ranch is very much an off-the-grid, dirt-under-your nails abode, and is also home to some 30 animals that Rousey says have enriched her life and helped bring her back to the simple things she appreciated as a child.
Browsey Acres is a fully-sustainable home, equipped with solar panels, a water catching system, and other green energy features that says a lot about where Rousey is right now in her life.
“Instead of using the money we make to get more and more things, we like to invest our money into needing less,” she recently said on her web site, RondaRouseycom. “I like to invest in our self-sufficiency.”
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