Ronda Rousey Explains Why She Deserves To Make More Money Than Male Fighters

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10.19.15 9 Comments

Ronda Rousey continues to make waves over in Australia, leading up to her massive 90,000-person stadium fight on Nov. 14 in Melbourne. During the last press conference, a reporter asked Ronda what she thought of the “pay dispute going on with the women’s soccer team at the moment,” and what she thought of the discrepancy in pay between men and women in sports.

It was a bit of a loaded question for Australians, as you can tell from the crowd booing even as the reporter asks the question. Australia’s national women’s soccer team has been making headlines since the start of the year complaining about poor pay and working conditions, especially in comparison to how the men’s team is treated. Ronda sidestepped the specific soccer team issue (probably because she had no idea it was even a thing), but threw down a pretty pragmatic response to women’s pay in sports:

“I think that 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 and Lorenzo wanted to do something nice for the ladies. They do it because I bring in the highest numbers. Because I make them the most money. So I think the money that they make should be proportionate to the money they bring in.”

That seems pretty straightforward: If you pay someone more than they’re making you, you’re gonna go out of business fast. And on the other side of the coin, if you feel you can make more money working for someone else, you should totally do that. That’s the balance between workers and employers that has existed for a long time now.

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