Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, and Ronda Rousey have all been part of WWE and UFC and now their contracts with the MMA promotion have been revealed.
Ronda Rousey dominated women’s MMA before she made the switch over to the world of WWE in 2018. Since parting with the company, Ronda Rousey shocked the world by making her Ring of Honor debut but it is not known if she is planning to continue her wrestling career.
CM Punk and Brock Lesnar’s forays into UFC came sandwiched in the middle of their respective wrestling careers. And by the looks of it, they were lucrative ventures for both stars.
Bloody Elbow has now revealed several UFC fighter’s contracts including those stars associated with WWE such as Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, and CM Punk.
CM Punk was the least successful of the three cross-over stars and signed his UFC deal on November 30th, 2014, almost two years before he had his first fight in the company. Punk’s base purse was $500,000 with no win bonus – Punk did not win either of his two UFC fights so missed out on no extra money there.
Punk received a cut of the PPV revenue at the time at a rate of $1 for each PPV buy between 200,000 and 400,000, $2 for each buy between 400,000 and 600,000, rising to $2.50 for each buy over 600,000.
CM Punk also received incidentals in his deal including 3 hotel or motel rooms as well as 3 economy airline tickets for him and his cornermen. He also received a $100 per diem for meals each day with his cornermen getting $50 each day. Four free tickets for each fight were also provided with the guarantee that they’d be within the first ten rows of the Octagon should Punk be in the main event.
For Punk’s debut fight against Mickey Gall in September 2016, he was reported to have received a total of $1,042,736. That fight ended with Gall tapping out Punk in 2:14 in the first round.
Brock Lesnar Demanded A Suite In UFC Contract
Brock Lesnar signed one of his UFC deals in July 2009 as he went into his fourth fight for the company as UFC Heavyweight Champion and his contract paid him through his own Death Clutch company. Lesnar’s purse for UFC 100 which was his first title defence was $1.5 million with no win bonus or PPV cut.
Any further fights as champion came with a purse of $1.375 million with a PPV cut of $2 per buy over 700,000 buys. Lesnar had three more fights as champion and his purse without the title was reduced to $750,000 with a win bonus of $250,000 but no cut of the PPV.
Brock Lesnar’s incidentals included a suite if he was the champion as well as first-class airfare for him. Another hotel room and 2 economy flights for his cornermen were also required. Lesnar received the same per diem as his cornermen for food at $50 but he demanded ten free tickets for his fights with the same provision that they’d be closer to the Octagon if he was in the main event.
Ronda Rousey was the most successful of the three stars in UFC, leading the charge that created the women’s division in the company. Her first contract with the promotion was signed in November 2012 and she instantly became the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion but her purse was significantly smaller than Punk or Lesnar’s.
Rousey was guaranteed just $45,000 with a win bonus of the same amount. Every win Rousey racked up saw her get a $5 thousand bump in both purse and win bonus. Rousey also received the same cut of PPV buys as CM Punk later received.
Rousey flew business class with two economy tickets for her cornermen and 2 hotel rooms were also to be provided for up to 8 days before her fights. She received a $50 per diem for food as did two of her cornermen, and she also required 4 free tickets in the first ten rows or if she was in the main event, eight free tickets in the first five rows.
In September 2015, Ronda Rousey signed another UFC deal worth a whole lot more after dominating the competition in several fights. Rousey’s new deal saw her receive a base purse of $3 million with no win bonus.
Rousey’s cut of PPV buys also increased as she received $3 for each buy between 600,000 and 900,000 and $4 for each buy over 900,000. Should Rousey have lost her title and she wasn’t part of a championship fight, she would have received just $500,000 with no win bonus or PPV cut.
Rousey lost the first fight on this contract against Holly Holm in November 2015. The shock defeat cost Rousey her championship but all in netted her over $4.4 million.