Richest fighters in MMA history

The sport of MMA is growing fast in just a short period, many fighters are being paid more, and more as the years go by. FightBook MMA has compiled a list of the top 20 Richest MMA Fighters in the World. The numbers come from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth. Some of these fighters made more in one fight than winning the lottery. Below you will find the Top 20 richest MMA fighters in the world.

To start the list we will talk about (20) Rashad Evans. He started his professional career back in 2003, and was the Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2 and is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and a 2019 inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame. His current Net Worth is $8.5 Million. Back in 2008, Evans faced the Champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 92. He became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Evans is known for his mental strength and his physical techniques and is one of the best light-heavyweight fighters under the UFC banner.

Next up is (19) Michael Bisping He’s an English sports analyst, actor, commentator and retired mixed martial artist. Bisping was a UFC Middleweight Champion and has now been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. His current Net Worth is $9 Million. Three weeks after losing the Middleweight title at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum, Bisping lost a hard-fought fight via knockout in the first round. He states: “I started having issues with my good eye as well after the Gastelum fight. I was like, this isn’t worth it. The reason I retired was the Gastelum fight.” His acting career started in the film XXX: Return of Xander Cage back on April 6, 2016. Later that month, Bisping landed a small role in the 1990s television series Twin Peaks, he also portrayed Roy Shaw in the sports drama film My Name Is Lenny. Bisping also had a short cameo at the end of the 2018 film Den of Thieves. In the summer of 2018, Bisping was announced as one of the four presenters of the reality competition series Hyperdrive, which would be released on Netflix on 21 August 2019.

Next we have (18) José Aldo who is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the UFC. Aldo was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and first UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger. His current Net Worth: $9 Million. On June 24, 2019, Aldo had signed a new exclusive eight-fight contract with the UFC. He moved to Bantamweight on October 23, 2019. He faced Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019 and lost the fight via split decision. Aldo was expected to face Henry Cejudo on May 9, 2020 at then UFC 250 but Aldo pulled out on April 8 due to visa issues as the event was expected to be moved to the United States due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Next, we have (17) Junior Dos Santos a Brazilian mixed martial artist and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, currently ranked #4 on the UFC Heavyweight rankings. His Net Worth is $10 Million. He has victories over five UFC Heavyweight Champions in the likes of Fabrício Werdum, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, and Stipe Miocic. He signed an eight-fight contract and Dos Santos faced Curtis Blaydes on January 25, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 166, he lost the fight via technical knockout in the second round.

Nest we have (16) Jon Jones is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists and he’s the current and two-time undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. His Net Worth is currently at $10 Million. He has been champion since December 29, 2018, and previously held the title from March 20, 2011, to April 28, 2015. Jones also held the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. As of August 19, 2019, he is #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. At age 23, he defeated Maurício Rua back in 2011 and became the youngest champion.

Next on the list, we have (15) Chael Sonnen an American mixed martial artist who is signed with Bellator MMA and competes in the Light Heavyweight division. Sonnen also previously competed in the UFC, WEC, and Pancrase. His current Net Worth is $10 Million. Sonnen would face Lyoto Machida on June 14, 2019, at Bellator 222 in Bellator’s return to Madison Square Garden. He did lose that fight via TKO in the second round. Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA in the post-fight interview. In 2017, he appeared on 8th season of The New Celebrity Apprentice. Host Arnold Schwarzenegger fired him in the show’s 4th week after it emerged that he had deliberately cut his team’s computer cord in order to gain them more time.

Next, we have (14) Frank Mir an American mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Bellator MMA Heavyweight division. Before competing in Bellator, he was previously a UFC fighter for 16 years. His Net Worth is $11 Million. Mir holds the record for the most fights, victories, and submissions in UFC Heavyweight history. He fought under the UFC banner for sixteen years. He was the first man to knock out and the first to submit Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Next, we have (13) Ronda Rousey a former American mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress and is currently signed to WWE as a wrestler. Her nickname “Rowdy” was inherited from late professional wrestler Roddy Piper. Her Net Worth is currently $12 Million. Rousey is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and won 12 consecutive MMA fights in a row. She debuted at WrestleMania 34 and later won the Raw Women’s Championship, her first WWE and professional wrestling title, at SummerSlam.

Up next we have (12) Quinton Jackson an American mixed martial artist, actor, and retired professional wrestler. His Net Worth is $12 Million. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jackson became a star in Japan during his stint with the Pride FC and following his move to the UFC, he helped pioneer MMA’s growth into a worldwide sport.

Next, we have (11) Chuck Liddell an American retired MMA fighter and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. In 2009, Liddell was placed into the UFC Hall of Fame. His Net Worth is $14 Million. Liddell had 23 fights under the UFC banner and is widely credited with bringing MMA into the mainstream and in July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

To start the Top 10 on the list, we will start with Tito Ortiz. He is an American retired mixed martial artist with a current Net Worth of $15 Million. He is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003, and Bellator MMA. Ortiz became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock.

Next up we have (9) Randy Couture an American actor, retired United States Army Sergeant, and former mixed martial artist. His Net Worth is $17 Million. He became a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion, an interim UFC Light heavyweight Champion, making him a six-time UFC Champion and was the Heavyweight Tournament winner at UFC 13. He is the first of seven fighters to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions along with B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo.

Next up we have (8) Wanderlei Silva a Brazilian mixed martial artist who has competed in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His Net Worth is $18 Million. He holds the record for the most wins, knockouts, title defenses, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. He is the former PRIDE Middleweight Champion, and the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. He is currently signed with Rizin Fighting Federation and Bellator MMA.

Next up on the list is (7) Fedor Emelianenko a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist, sambist, and judoka. He currently competes in the Bellator MMA. His current Net Worth is $18 Million. He is widely considered the GOAT and has the best ground-and-pound in the history of the sport. Emelianenko has earned numerous MMA accolades, including the following, most notably in MMA Pride Fighting Championships (heavyweight champion 2003-2007), FIAS World Combat Sambo Championship (Heavyweight Champion 2002, 2005, 2007), and Russian Judo Federation National Championship (Bronze medal 1998, 1999). In 2020, UFC President Dana White stated that the only fight he regrets not having made was a match between Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar, back when Lesnar was the UFC heavyweight champion.

Next, we have (6) Anderson Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and holds the longest title streak in UFC history with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. This started in 2006 and ended in 2013. UFC president Dana White, UFC commentator Joe Rogan, and numerous mixed martial arts (MMA) analysts have named Silva the GOAT in MMA. As of November 18, 2019, he is #15 in the UFC middleweight rankings and his Net Worth is $18 Million.

Taking the Top 5 spot is BJ Penn with a Net Worth of $22 Million. Penn is a professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Penn has previously won both the Lightweight and Welterweight UFC Championships. Only two other fighters in history have won titles in multiple weight classes. UFC President Dana White credits Penn with bringing the lower weight divisions into the mainstream and describes Penn as “the first crossover pay-per-view star for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lighter weight divisions”, as well as saying that “through his accomplishments, B.J. Penn built the 155-pound division.”

Next up we have (4) Brock Lesnar a professional wrestler and former professional mixed martial artist, and professional American football player. His Net Worth is $28 Million. Lesnar is the only person in history to hold a UFC championship and WWE world championship. Lesnar signed with WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation – WWF -) in 2000. Back in 2006, Lesnar pursued a career in MMA and signed with Hero’s, and won his first fight against Min-Soo Kim in June 2007. He then signed with the UFC the following October. Lesnar lost in his UFC debut against Frank Mir and then won his second fight against Heath Herring. In November 2008, Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Up next, we have (3) Georges St-Pierre is a Canadian mixed martial artist and a three-time former Welterweight Champion of the UFC. His Net Worth is $30 Million. He retired as the reigning Welterweight Champion back on December 13, 2013. He held the record for most wins in title bouts and the second longest combined title streak in UFC history and defended his title nine consecutive times. After being away from the sport, he returned to fight under the UFC banner in November 2017 and fought at UFC 217. He defeated Michael Bisping by submission to win the Middleweight title becoming the fourth fighter in UFC history to be a multi-division champion.

Taking the #2 spot is Rorion Gracie a Brazilian-American Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master, writer, publisher, producer, lecturer, and the co-founder of the UFC with a Net Worth of $50 Million. He is the oldest son of Hélio Gracie and one of the few people in the world to hold a 9th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is widely recognized as one of the men responsible for introducing Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the US and the world following the arrival of first cousin, Carley Gracie in 1972. Black Belt Magazine named Rorion Gracie the 2006 Instructor of the Year.

Taking the #1 spot for the Richest MMA Fighters is Conor McGregor with a Net Worth of $110 Million. Conor McGregor is an Irish professional MMA fighter in the UFC. He is a former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion. As of March 2020, he is #9 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings, #3 in the UFC lightweight rankings, and #14 in the UFC welterweight rankings. The majority of McGregor’s net worth has not come from his MMA fights; it came from making his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather earning $30 million.

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