Mixed Martial Arts is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. Over the years the sport has gained huge popularity and as such it's brought in billions of dollars as of late. If you have ever wondered how much the top MMA fighters in history have earned, here is your chance to find out. Here is the list of the 20 richest MMA Fighters of all time:
20. Rashad Evans - Estimated Net Worth of $8.5 Million
Rashad Evans is from America and is now retired as an MMA fighter, but he was quite successful in a professional career that dates back to 2003. He was a Light Heavyweight Champion for the UF and was a Heavyweight winner in the Ultimate Fighter 2.
19. Michael Bisping - Estimated Net Worth of $9 Million
Michael Bisping is a retired mixed martial artist from England. He is also a sports analyst, which earns him a fair bit of money. In addition, he is an actor and a commentator. As a fighter, he was a Middleweight Champion for the UFC and has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame for the sport as well.
18. Jose Aldo - Estimated Net Worth of $9 Million
Jose Aldo is one of quite a few Brazilians to have done quite well as a mixed martial artist. He was the fourth, and last, WEC Featherweight Champion. He also became the first UFC Featherweight Champion when the WFC and WEC merged. Needless to say, he has been quite successful, as his net worth currently stands at around $9 million.
17. Junior Dos Santos - Estimated Net Worth of $10 Million
Junior Dos Santos is from Brazil and is a mixed martial artist. In the past, he has been a UFC Heavyweight Champion. At the current time, hie is ranked number four in the Heavyweight division for the UFC. This is good enough to have allowed him to already amass more than $10 million, putting him the 17th position on this list.
16. Jon Jones - Estimated Net Worth of $10 Million
As an American mixed martial artist, Jon Jones has been able to accumulate a net worth of more than $10 million. During his time, he has become the Light Heavyweight Champion in the UFC an impressive three times. He was actually banned from the UFC for a period of time due to some felony convictions for hit and run, but was reinstated back in 2015. He was able to win back his title in 2017, but has now tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs so his future in the sport is in doubt.
15. Chael Sonnen - Estimated Net Worth of $10 Million
Chael Sonnen is yet another mixed martial artist from America to make this list. He is currently signed to fight with Ballator MMA. It is there that he competes in the Light Heavyweight division. Before that, he was a competitor in the UFC, Pancrase, and WEC. Combined, he has been able to amass a fortune of roughly of $10 million.
14. Frank Mir - Estimated Net Worth of $11 Million
If you have not heard of Frank Mir, it is important to mention that he is a mixed martial artist from America. He is currently competing in Bellator, Before that, he was a fighter for the Ultimate Fighting Championships for 16 years. It is there that he was a UFC Heavyweight champion for a time. He still holds the record for the most number of fights, wins, and submissions in the history of the UFC. This has all allowed to accumulate more than $11 million.
13. Ronda Rousey - Estimated Net Worth of $12 Million
Ronda Rousey is the only woman to make this list, but she has certainly made quite a splash in doing so. She is from America and is quite adept as a mixed martial artist. She also know judoka and is an actress. This well rounded resume has allowed her to do quite well at whatever she has chosen to do in her professional career. She started out as a Judo athlete. It was not long after that she literally fought her way into the UFC. She is a past UFC Champion in the Women’s Bantamweight division. She also once won an impressive 12 MMA fights in consecutive order. She is worth roughly $12 million today.
12. Quinton Rampage Jackson - Estimated Net Worth of $12 Million
Quinton Rampage Jackson lived up to his name as an American mixed martial artist. He was quite the force to reckoned with in the UFC. In addition to his time in the cage, he has also acted and is a retired professional wrestler. Since his time in the UFC, he has played a starring role in a future films. This has no doubt contributed to his estimated $12 million net worth, which makes him the 12th richest MMA fighter in the history of the sport.
11. Chuck Liddell - Estimated Net Worth of $14 Million
Chuck Liddell might be retired as an MMA fighter, but he had quite an impressive career to get to that point. In the Ultimate Fighting Championships, he was the light heavyweight champion. He has such an impressive career that he was inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame back in 2009. All of this fighting capabilities have enabled to amass a bunch of money to the tune of $14 million. That makes hime the 11th richest fighter in MMA history.
10. Tito Ortiz - Estimated Net Worth of $15 Million
Tito Ortiz might be retired as a mixed martial artist, but that likely means that he is sitting on a beach somewhere enjoying his money. He was always a crowd favorite in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. In fact, a few of his fights are still the most viewed of all time when accounting for a pay per view audience. He fought in the light heavyweight division and became a champion of the UFC. This allowed him to accumulate an estimate $15 million and has him as the 10th richest MMA fighter of all time.
9. Randy Couture - Estimated Net Worth of $17 Million
Randy Couture has quite the impressive resume. In addition to being a mixed martial artist in the past, he has also been an actor in America and is retired from the United States Army as a sergeant. Randy Couture fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championships during his time there and won an impressive six championships. Randy Couture is also one of just three fighters who have been able to accomplish this is three different weight classes. Through it all, he has been able to accumulate a net worth north of $17 million.
8. Wanderlei Silva - Estimated Net Worth of $18 Million
Wanderlei Silva is another mixed martial artist that hails from the country of Brazil. One of his claims to fame is that he once competed in the Pride Fighting Championships in Japan. He has also been in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He still holds the record for the most wins in the history of Pride. In addition to that, he has recorded the most knockouts, title defenses, and has the longest winning streak. While fighting there, he was in the Middleweight division. This helps explain how he has been able to accumulate more than $18 million and land in the eighth position as one of the richest MMA fighters of all time.
7. Fedor Emelianenko - Estimated Net Worth of $18 Million
As you may know, Fedor Emelianenko comes from Russia and is a heavyweight in mixed martial arts. He is also a samba and can do judoka. He is a well rounded athlete and this has served him well throughout his career. This has enabled him to accumulate a net worth of $18 million, which is good enough to land him in seventh place on this list. Throughout the years, he has earned quite a few accolades in MMA. This includes the submission of the year in 2008, knockout of the year in 2009, heavyweight of the year, fighter of the year, and fight of the decade for the 2000’s.
6. Anderson Silva - Estimated Net Worth of $18 Million
Anderson Silva is one of the Brazilians to make this list, and for good reason. He is a mixed martial artist that has had resounding success. He is also a former UFC Middleweight Champion, and that says something. You cannot imagine how much money that brings in, particularly if you are able to save it wisely. He also has the distinction of having the longest title streak in the history of the UFC. This comes as a result of his 16 consecutive wins and his impressive streak of ten straight title defenses.
5. BJ Penn - Estimated Net Worth of $22 Million
If you have not heard of BJ Penn, it is high time that you did. He is from America and has long been a professional mixed martial artist. In addition to that, he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This puts him in a league of his own right from the beginning. It is interesting to note that, in the past, Penn has won both the Welterweight and Lightweight Championships in the UFC. This alone earned him quite a bit of money. He is one of only three fighters in the history of the sport to have held championship belts in multiple weight classes. This has earned him an impressive $22 million over the years.
4. Brock Lesnar - Estimated Net Worth of $28 Million
Brock Lesnar has quite a diverse background. To begin, he has long been a professional wrestler from the United States. In addition to that, he was a professional mixed martial artist in the past. Beyond that, he played professional American football. This alone explains, to a great degree, how he has been able to accumulate a net worth estimated to be stands at $28 million. He used to be the UFC Heavyweight champion. Today, he is back wrestling professionally with WWE. All of this explains how he has landed in the number four spot on this list.
3. Georges St. Pierre - Estimated Net Worth of $30 Million
Georges St. Pierre is from Canada. He is a mixed martial artist that also won the Welterweight Championship in the UFC an impressive three times. This has lead to many fans around the world to call him one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. He had quite the impressive run in the ring and has many legions of fans. This has commanded him a lot of money as he has fought through the years. His current net worth is in excess of $30 million, which is good enough to land him solidly in third place on this list.
2. Rorian Gracie - Estimated Net Worth of $50 Million
Rorian Gracie actually comes from Brazil and is now American. He has been a grand master in Jiu-Jitsu, a writer, a publisher, a producer, a lecturer, and he is the actual co-founder of the UFC. It is little wonder, then, that he is second on this list of the 20 richest MMA fighters of all time. An interesting fact of Rorian Gracie is that he holds a 9th-degree red belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is one of the few people in the world that has ever reached that level. He is also largely credited for introducing the sport to the world. These are some of the reasons that he has become worth an estimated $50 million.
1. Conor McGregor - Estimated Net Worth of $110 Million
Just about anybody with their pulse on the sport of MMA will know about Conor McGregor. In fact, many people that do not even watch this sport will have heard of him, as he is quite the electric personality. That talent has enabled him to easily become the richest MMA fighter of all time. It is interesting to note that much of Conor McGregor’s net worth has not come from the sport of MMA directly. In fact, we are not for sure he will even step in the right again. He ended up making much of his money because of the one boxing match he ever had, and that was against Floyd Mayweather.
Written by Allen Lee
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