The Highest Paid MMA Athletes in Top Form in 2022 as per UFC Rankings

Sports fans are well aware that the top-ranking athletes in any game have slight difference in their overall performance. Many athletes keep on moving in the rankings as their performance varies with each competition. There have been very few exceptions like Serena Williams (73 WTA singles titles), Rafael Nadal (ranking world no. 1 for 209 weeks), Tiger Woods and Muhammad Ali (The Greatest) to name some of the best ranking superstars. However in the UFC rankings, there is usually a lot of change every year as many fighters surprise sports fans and experts with their stellar performance.

As with any other professional game, MMA athletes get paid based on their performance in the ring and how consistent have been their UFC rankings. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings were first introduced in February 2013. The rankings for MMA fighters are generated by a voting panel made up of media members by weight class. As the outcome of the fight can depend on many factors, betting on major fights is quite popular among MMA fans. The chances of winning big while placing bet on contact sports depends on the in-depth knowledge of the player’s strength and weakness. Let us have a look at some of the best paid MMA fighters in 2022.

Without any doubt, Irish superstar Conor McGregor is the leader in MMA earnings list. He is also among the top five best like players in the game. McGregor is currently in his top form and MMA experts believe that he might continue ruling the arena for quite some time and might feature in all-time highest earners for many decades. He also receives PPV percentages at much higher rates compared to other fighters. His fights are among the most watched ones in MMA.

Following McGregor, Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov is the second highest paid MMA athlete. Nurmagomedov’s fight with McGregor has put him in limelight while his career has been really impressive with 29 wins out of 29 matches played. He has won 11 fights by submission and 8 by knockout. Nurmagomedov is surely the man to watch out for.

Belarusian fighter Andrei Arlovski (The Pit Bull) has kept a consistent performance and he is well known in MMA circles as a strong contender in heavyweight division. On an average, Arlovski earns $300 thousand for each fight in the recent times. Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem is credited as the first fighter to hold both MMA and K-1 kickboxing title at the same time. Overeem has managed to win many iconic fights and has been Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Heavyweight Champion and K-1 World Grand Prix Champion.


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Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been credited as the longest title holder for 2,457 days in UFC history. For his MMA career, he has managed 34 wins from 46 bouts with 23 won as knockouts.

There is a lot of fresh talent pool and MMA fans will have interesting times predicting the chance of win for their favorite fighters. Winning a fight depends on a lot of factors. Speed, strength and mental agility for a fighter are well tested in the ring and definitely the strong contender wins. In addition to the fighting technique, the confidence level and form of fighter also matters while competing in the ring. Sports fans enjoy the action in the ring and many of them love to predict the outcome of matches.

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