Last week during in interview with Ellen Degeneres, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (12-0) proclaimed that she is the highest paid athlete in the promotion. Then in a press conference pushing UFC 193 Rousey backed her statement and provided reasoning as to why she is and deserves to be the highest paid in the business.
“I think how much you get paid should have something to do with how much you bring in. I’m the highest paid fighter not because Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) wanted to do something nice for the ladies,” Rousey explained.
“They do it because I bring in the highest numbers. They do it because I make them the most money. I think the money that they make should be proportionate to the money that they bring in.”?
Only one of Rousey’s fights have left the first round, the other 11 combined lasted a grand total of 14 minutes and 34 seconds, which seems like almost a whole fight’s time since there are 3 five minute rounds in professional MMA right? Take into account 8 of her 12 fights were 5 five minute rounds because a title was on the line and it’s way more impressive.
Another impressive feat is that of Nick Diaz’s ability to controversially stay in the spotlight of the media. TMZ caught up with the Stockton bad boy and in an almost depressive manner, Nick explained his future plans after being banned from the sport for half a decade.
Nick told TMZ Sports, “I have to figure out how to make a living.”
“It’s upsetting,” Diaz told us when asked about the punishment dished out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“I held off on having kids and getting married so I could fight. I gave my life to this. I am a fighter. It’s what I am. A lot of guys have to worry about what their wives and kids think, I don’t. All my attention goes towards fighting, and now I don’t know if I can fight. They’ve taken it away from me.”
Diaz says he’s been paying special attention to his finances in the wake of the suspension — “I’m just trying to make ends meet.”
TMZ also asked Diaz how he felt about his close friend Ronda Rousey having his back when she blasted the NSAC earlier this month.
“She didn’t need to do that. I don’t know if she caught heat for it … I hope she didn’t. But Ronda understands how I am. She’s like me, only a girl. A prize fighter. She’s a great friend.”
“I’ve been hearing other states’ athletic commissions are angry about the ruling, so hopefully I’ll be able to fight in those states.