Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters are known to enjoy huge financial incentives from the sport, thanks to the pay per view format in which the sport operates. Who are the richest MMA fighters in 2020? SportyTell takes a look — read on to find out which of your favourite MMA fighters made our top-20 list.
Up to this moment, the MMA which has gained a lot of acceptance in the mainstream, still struggles for acceptance in the world of sports, particularly for recognition from the International Olympics Committee. While MMA fans hope that the MMA becomes an Olympics sanctioned event, the fact that the sport which operates mostly on Pay Per View format has seen the mouth-watering financial success that has rubbed greatly on fighters cannot be ignored.
In this article, we have compiled and ranked the top-20 of the world’s richest MMA fighters, largely based on their current net worths.
It is important to note that the wealth of some of these fighters may not be entirely generated from the sport. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the money countdown.
Here’s a Ranking of the Richest MMA Fighters in the World Right Now
20: Rashad Evans: Net Worth – $8.5 Million
Recently inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, precisely in 2019, Evans who fought in the UFC between 2003 and 2018, had a successful stint in the UFC, which saw him win The Ultimate Fighter 2 Heavyweight Championship as well as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Evans who fought in 28 bouts throughout his career won 19 of those fights. Evans is worth $8.5 million.
18. Michael Bisping: Net Worth – $9 Million (Tie)
A 2019 UFC Hall of Fame inductee who now specialises in sports analysis and commentary, Michael Bisping is probably the most successful UFC fighter Britain has ever produced. The 41 years old retired UFC fighter won the UFC Middleweight Championship and The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Championship, which made him the only British to have ever won a UFC Championship. Bisping who fought in a total of 39 fights and won 30, is worth $9 million.
18. José Aldo: Net Worth – $9 Million (Tie)
Brazilian UFC fighter, José Aldo who currently fights in the UFC, is known for his performance incorporation of Muay Thai and leg kicks in his fights, which has thus helped him deliver 17 knockouts out of his 28 UFC fight wins. Aldo’s use of Muay Thai in his unique way has also earned him the final WEC Featherweight Championship, as well as the UFC Featherweight Championship which he has won on three occasions. The two-time undisputed champion is worth $9 million.
15. Junior dos Santos: Net Worth – $10 Million (Tie)
Currently ranked 4th in the latest UFC Heavyweight championship released in September 2019, Santos is a prolific fighter who has delivered stunning defeats to five Heavyweight champions in the UFC. The one time UFC Heavyweight champion who has won 21 of his 28 fights is worth $10 million.
15. Jon Jones: Net Worth – $10 Million (Tie)
In the UFC World, Jones Jones is a well-recognized personality. He is widely regarded as one of the best UFC fighters in history. Jones who held the Light Heavyweight Championship between March 2011 to April 2015, regained his Light Heavyweight Championship in December 2018, and since then he has defended his title. Jones who currently tops the MMA Men’s pound for pound rankings has seen defeat only once in the MMA, and he is currently worth $10 million.
15. Chael Sonnen: Net Worth – $10 Million (Tie)
During his time in the MMA, Sonnen rivalled some of the biggest names in the MMA, such as Michael Bisping and Quinton Jackson. Despite his incredible run in the MMA, which saw him emerged as one of the toughest challenges in the UFC, Sonnen never won a championship and pundits hail him as one of the best UFC fighters never to have won a UFC Championship. Sonnen is worth $10 million.
14. Frank Mir: Net Worth – $11 Million
Though actively fighting in the Mixed Martial Arts, Mir no longer fights in the UFC, where most elites in the MMA world are found. In the 16 years he fought in the UFC, Mir set a record for the most submission victories ever recorded in the UFC. Mir who also set the record for the longest winning streak in the UFC won the UFC Heavyweight Championship once. Mir is worth $11 million.
12. Ronda Rousey: Net Worth – 12 Million (Tie)
The only female fighter on the list, Ronda Rousey who currently fights in the WWE captivated MMA fans during her stay at the UFC. The UFC Hall of Fame Inductee who doubles as an Olympics medalist was the first female ever to win the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. After 6 title defence, Rousey lost her defence and thus informally retired from the MMA. Ronda Rousey is worth $12 million.
12. Quinton Jackson: Net Worth – $12 Million (Tie)
An MMA fighter who fights in the Bellator MMA, Jackson is seen as one of the established figures in the MMA, who contributed greatly to promoting the sport globally. The star who has fought in 52 MMA fights, has won 38 times and tasted defeat 14 times. Jackson who won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship is worth $12 million.
11. Chuck Liddell: Net Worth – $14 Million
A retired MMA fighter, Chuck Liddell has tried his hands at virtually every combative sports, from MMA, kickboxing, karate to wrestling. His presence in the MMA greatly helped in establishing the sports in mainstream precisely in America. Long after his exit from the MMA scene, Liddell’s impact in the sports is still being felt. Lidell who won UFC Light Heavyweight Championship once won the 21 of his 30 MMA fights. Liddell is worth $14 million.
10. Tito Ortiz: Net Worth – $15 Million
One of MMA’s early stars, Tito Ortiz who still fights in the MMA, but with Combate America’s, is widely seen as one of the figures who helped establish MMA as a popular sport in the mainstream. During his time at UFC, Ortiz who was a fan favourite won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Ortiz is worth $15 million.
9. Randy Couture: Net Worth – $17 Million
Now an actor, Randy Couture is a highly recognized personality in the MMA, as he was one of the early stars in the sports whose fame attracted several fans to the MMA. Randy Couture made his mark in the MMA scene by claiming several titles in the MMA such as the UFC Light heavyweight Championship which he won two times, UFC Heavyweight Championship which he claimed on three occasions, as well as the UFC 13 Heavyweight tournament which he won. Couture who is a UFC Hall of Famer has a net worth of about $17 million.
6. Wanderlei Silva: Net Worth – $18 Million (Tie)
Nicknamed The Axe and The Mad Dog, Wanderlei Silva is one of the leading figures in the MMA, who has fought in several MMA Promotions leagues. He is most recognized for his stint in Japan’s MMA Pride Fighting Championship where he established himself as a leading force while setting a record for the most title defence, wins as well as knockouts in the MMA Promotions company. Silva who currently fights for Bellator MMA is worth $18 million.
6. Fedor Emelianenko: Net Worth – $18 Million (Tie)
Currently fighting for Rizin Fighting Federation and Bellator MMA, Fedor Emelianenko is a renowned figure in the MMA world. The Russian fighter is rated as one of the greatest MMA fighters ever and he’s most recognized for his time at MMA Pride Fighting where he won the Heavyweight Championship, a title he held on to between 2003 to 2007. Fedor who has won several titles in various sports including Judo is worth $18 million.
6. Anderson Silva: Net Worth – $18 Million (Tie)
A very successful MMA fighter, Silva is one of the best fighters in the MMA right now. The Brazilian MMA fighter who fights in the UFC holds the record for the longest title reign in the UFC, where he held on to the UFC Middleweight title for 2,457 days. Silva who currently ranks 15th in the UFC Middleweight rankings as revealed in the November rankings is worth $18 million.
5. B.J. Penn: Net Worth – $22 Million
A very talented fighter, Penn is a phenomenal fighter who asides being an MMA fighter double as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter. The star who was inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame in 2015, is one of seven fighters in the history of UFC who have titles in various weight divisions. Penn won the UFC Lightweight and Welterweight championships, and also was victorious in the UFC 41 Lightweight tournament. Penn’s $22 million net worth places him 5th on our list of the richest MMA fighters in the world.
4. Brock Lesnar: Net Worth – $28 Million
A versatile sports personality, Brock Lesnar is widely known for his stint in wrestling rather than the MMA. Though he had a successful MMA career which saw him win the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 2008. In Wrestling, Lesnar has enjoyed huge success which has seen him emerged as the only fighter to have ever won a UFC title as well as a WWE title. Brock Lesnar is worth $28 million, which finds him the 4th spot on our list of the richest MMA fighters.
3. Georges St-Pierre: Net Worth – $30 Million
In the history of MMA, some will argue that Georges St-Pierre qualifies as the best fighter ever. While that may be contestable, it is an indisputable fact, that he is indeed one of the greatest fighters in the history of the MMA. Georges St-Pierre fought in the UFC and on several occasions he emerged the UFC Middleweight and welterweight champion. Georges St-Pierre is worth $30 million.
2. Rorion Gracie: Net Worth – $50 Million
Not exactly an MMA fighter, Rorion Gracie is skilled in one of the basic elements of MMA fighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in fact, he is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster. Rorion Gracie is an influential member of the Gracie family who helped make MMA established sports in the 21st century. Rorion Gracie is one of the founders of prominent MMA fighting promotions company, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Though he doesn’t fight professionally, Rorion is an influential personality in the MMA world. Rorion is worth $50 million.
1. Conor McGregor: Net Worth – $110 Million
Conor McGregor needs no introduction. The fame of the Irish MMA fighter knows no bound. His success in MMA is profoundly seen in the UFC, where he dominates the featherweight and lightweight championship. McGregor has also tried his hands at boxing, where he fought against boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Conor McGregor currently ranks as the richest MMA fighter in the world with a net worth of $110 million.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a brutal sport which combines the techniques of boxing, karate and judo with the brutality of wrestling, jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai popularly known as Thai boxing.
MMA which has fully transcended from the ancient streets Greece and the arena of Brazil into the spotlight of mainstream sports in the 21st century, is one of the most followed combative sports events which attracts as much as 5.6 million spectators on a single highly publicised fight. Throughout history, combative sports have always attracted large numbers of spectators as evidenced by the Gladiator fights in ancient Rome, but unlike most of the combative sports of the ancient world which have lost relevance and can only be found in the annals of history, the MMA has survived the rapidly changing ideologies of various generations to implant itself as a major sport in the 21st century.
Perhaps to be credited with the mainstream popularity of the MMA, are Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who initially began incorporating Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the ancient Greek version of the MMA, known as the Pankration, which attracted a large number of spectators. The intelligent move by the Gracie brothers to move their incredibly successful Brazilian jiu-jitsu fight to the United States marked the beginning of the establishment of MMA in the modern era.
There you have it — the top-10 richest MMA fighters in 2020. What are your thoughts? Please share with us in the comments section below.