TUF 20: New UFC strawweight fighters getting paid up to $40k prior to Octagon debut

Esther Lin for Invicta FC

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced plans on Wednesday (Dec. 11, 2013) to create a women's strawweight division with the acquisition of 11 fighters from Invicta FC. Now we have learned how much they are getting paid ... without even fighting.

By now, most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans have heard of the newest weight class in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A women's strawweight division has been created with the acquisition of 11 fighters from Invicta FC's entirely female roster.

The fighters will compete on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 for the chance at being the first 115-pound champion in company history (details here).

Financial information has emerged in the wake of promotion president Dana White's announcement and quite frankly, the women are coming out of the deal on top.

During Wednesday's late edition of Fox Sports Live, it was revealed that fighters will be paid at least $32,000 each prior to stepping foot inside the Octagon. Invicta's current champ Carla Esparza is the exception, as she will nab a cool $40k herself before ever throwing a punch.

It's safe to say all the fighters are getting raises, as some were said to be making as little as $1000 to show and $1000 to win. Not to mention 10 of the women will grab an $8000/$8000 split (twice) before ever stepping foot inside TUF 20 house.

32 Gs to stay healthy and prepare for the show.

The show is tentatively set to film in Las Vegas, Nevada, around May of 2014 and would premiere on FOX Sports 1 in September.

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